We need intellectual bandwidth, capacity and resources to halt a children's crisis
A crisis is coming to children’s services and the Government has yet to acknowledge the problem, let alone respond, writes Adam Lent.
Jones: Government fully committed to rates retention
Local government minister Marcus Jones has insisted the Government is ‘still fully committed to proceeding with’ business rates retention.
Are we prepared for the looming technological revolution?
We urgently need a public inquiry to answer the tough questions about the technological revolution soon to sweep the public sector, argues Adam Lent
What do local authorities really need from the next Government?
Sam Clayden looks beyond the politics and asks sector experts what the new Government – whatever form it takes – really needs to address.
Governance for the 21st century
To avoid being buffeted by national inaction, local government now needs to grow a clearer model for social, economic and cultural impacts itself, writes Jessica Studdert.
Tories reveal local government approach in manifesto
The Conservatives have revealed a raft of policies on social care, business rates, devolution, housing and children’s services in their manifesto published today.
In the same boat?
Dan Peters talks to key figures in the sector about the future for health and social care integration and whether the Government’s National 2020 target is feasible
Don't be embarrassed about failing, councils told
Councils should make more use of pilots and trials to test innovative policy ideas and not be embarrassed about sharing failures, a report has urged.
Breaking through the glass ceiling
The local government workforce is changing from an old boys’ club to a far more open environment for women, but the vast majority of chief executives are still men. Claire Porter explains the vital role of diversity in policy-making.
Bringing people along with us
In his first public interview since taking over the helm at think-tank NLGN, Adam Lent speaks to Sam Clayden about his vision for the future of local government.
As yet more devolution proposals face setbacks, Sam Clayden takes the temperature of the agenda and asks whether it truly has hit a brick wall
Devo deals threatened by DCLG’s lack of conviction
Frustrations are mounting as the lack of government capacity threatens to scupper devolution deals across the country, The MJ has been told.
Sector warned to ‘plan for survival’
Local authorities have been urged to stop being overly-optimistic and ‘plan for the worst’.
Jessica Studdert breaks down the Government’s recent Building our Industrial Strategy green paper, and says a place-based focus is key to success
Developing a creed to lead
The role of councils and the way they operate is evolving dramatically to reflect the changing world. Claire Mansfield believes the workforce has to be front and centre if authorities are going to keep pace with change
‘Ditch big, top-down solutions,’ councils told
‘Transformation is dead’ and should be replaced by rapid cycles of discovery and experimentation, Simon Parker, Redbridge LBC’s corporate director of strategy and former director of think-tank NLGN, has proclaimed.
‘Increase autonomy, and reduce hierarcy’
Creating workforce strategies to increase autonomy and reduce hierarchy should be an ‘absolute priority’ for councils, a new report has said.
Transferring the power to change
Transferring council assets to the community can offer new opportunities to transform outcomes. Abby Gilbert examines the results of a new survey of council officers and investigates where local authorities are already undertaking innovative work
What will the Autumn Statement deliver?
With the Autumn Statement one week away, leading local government figures explain their hopes, concerns and key requests for the chancellor
Cash cuts curb employment aid
Budget cuts are preventing councils from delivering employment and skills support, according to a new report.