• ‘Access all areas’

    26 March 2024

    Jonathan Swain and Rebecca Rampat from executive recruitment specialists McLean Public highlight what local government can do to ensure it attracts commercial sector talent in a changing recruitment market.

  • Deployment of AI technologies must be guided by a robust framework

    26 March 2024

    The local government sector knows the best ways to serve local communities and is best placed to integrate new technology to deliver wider benefits, says Cllr Shaun Davies.

  • Complex funding stymies net-zero push

    25 March 2024

    A ‘complex web’ of hard-to-reach Whitehall funding pots is hampering councils’ net-zero initiatives – with two-thirds of town halls not confident of hitting crucial targets.

  • Future Forum: Resource warning over assurance demands

    21 March 2024

    The Local Government Association (LGA) warned the Government that ‘assurance takes resource’ at The MJ’s Future Forum.

  • A first step in tackling abuse

    20 March 2024

    As the Government finally moves to introduce mandatory reporting of child sexual abuse, councils are warning a complete programme of action is needed to significantly reduce the abuse and exploitation of vulnerable people. Mark Conrad reports.

  • Homes for Ukraine two years on: Safe and welcomed

    14 March 2024

    Two years on from the instigation of the Homes for Ukraine scheme councils remain keen to work with government to meet the long-term needs of Ukrainians, says Cllr Kevin Bentley.

  • Northumberland has ‘further to go’

    13 March 2024

    Northumberland CC has ‘further to go’ despite progress on its improvement journey, a report has found.

  • New funding: A helping hand for care leavers

    12 March 2024

    The Care Leavers’ Programme provides a backbone of support for young adults and the benefits will trickle back into our neighbourhoods, says Cllr Richard Kemp CBE.

  • Woking and Thurrock failures 'embarrassing'

    08 March 2024

    The local government watchdog’s chief executive has said the collapse of councils such as Woking and Thurrock should not have been allowed to happen.

  • Local investment can reap national rewards

    06 March 2024

    Sir Bob Neill feels the Budget was an opportunity to provide financial aid for councils, which in turn will help the Government deliver national policies – but has the chancellor taken the chance?

  • Selling the family silver is a mistake

    06 March 2024

    The Government is Incentivising councils to sell off publicly-owned assets, 'but these flexibilities should not become business as usual and they are not a sufficient substitute for a reform of our broken funding system', warns Rob Whiteman.

  • Saving assets through community ownership

    28 February 2024

    Polling for Power to Change shows if councils are forced to sell their assets the public strongly favour them being sold to community organisations and locally-run businesses, says Josh Westerling.

  • What the Budget will mean for councils

    27 February 2024

    David Phillips says a focus on tax cuts in the upcoming Budget does not mean councils will go completely unmentioned – but what happens in the next Spending Review will be more important.

  • Budget: Expect plenty of smoke and mirrors politics

    27 February 2024

    The sector should expect more tax cutting smoke and mirror solutions at this year’s Budget, says Zoë Billingham. She warns: ‘There’ll be no hiding from the fact that taxes will be rising very clearly locally.’

  • Right to Buy scheme is in need of urgent reform

    21 February 2024

    The Government should use the Spring Budget to set out key reforms to the outdated Right to Buy scheme to ensure it works for everyone, argues Cllr Darren Rodwell.

  • Taking a risk-based approach to the switch to digital

    21 February 2024

    Robert Turnbull  of PA Consulting explains why a risk-based approach is key in the UK’s transition to a digital telephone system.

  • A Dynamic win on waste

    20 February 2024

    The Local Government Association’s LG Challenge 2024 kicked off with a focus on recycling, reuse, and waste in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. Jenson Kemp reports.

  • A Faer Point

    20 February 2024

    Following last week’s by-election results, Martin Tucker ponders the electoral changing of the guard that underpins our democratic local government system.

  • Working with Government can deliver real dividends

    15 February 2024

    Collaboration with Government can achieve real results for communities and councils should not be afraid of embracing productivity, says Cllr Kevin Bentley.

  • A call for prioritising local economic growth

    14 February 2024

    In the case of councils in financial distress income-generation through a commitment to economic development must be explored, says Nigel Wilcock.