• Brabin calls for post-COVID devo deal

    24 January 2022

    England’s first ever female metro mayor has called for a post-COVID devolution deal with new powers over climate change, transport, skills and innovation.

  • Sector urged not to give up on health devolution

    13 April 2021

    The sector should not give up on securing future health devolution deals despite the Government’s ‘centralising tendency,’ experts have urged.

  • A radical case for change to employment support

    03 November 2020

    Let local areas – not the Department for Work and Pensions – provide better support for people facing barriers to work, argues Pawda Tjoa

  • Kerslake calls for 'major review' of sector income

    01 October 2020

    Former civil service chief Bob Kerslake has called for a ‘major review’ of income sources for local government.

  • Let’s fix our connectivity dysfunction

    30 September 2020

    The Government is used to operating in broadcast mode rather than engaging in ongoing dialogue with local government, says Jessica Studdert, and she warns that without stronger connectivity, councils will constantly be on the back foot.

  • ‘Devolve to Resolve’ the jobs and skills challenge

    29 September 2020

    Powers and budgets for post-16 employment and skills development policy should be unconditionally devolved to combined and local authorities to allow for targeted interventions, says Charlotte Morgan.

  • People matter more than places

    14 September 2020

    Until we stop obsessing about the process of place and begin to reconnect meaningfully with people where they live, we won’t change anything, says Donna Hall.

  • Community power – a step forwards?

    09 September 2020

    A recent virtual round table debate hosted by The MJ discussed the recent trend towards councils empowering local communities. Is it a real or just a cynical way of driving down costs, and will it require a significant cultural shift to work? Heather Jameson reports.

  • Birmingham improvement model could be used elsewhere

    11 August 2020

    An improvement model that has helped turn around Birmingham City Council could be rolled out to other struggling local authorities.

  • NLGN report offers four ways for mobilising mutual aid

    30 July 2020

    Four strategies for rapidly mobilising local mutual aid groups to ensure the most vulnerable have what they need to get through the pandemic are outlined in a new report from the NLGN.

  • I have a joke but

    27 July 2020

    Every now and again a social media phenomenon catches the mood and goes viral.

  • Survey reveals second wave concern

    23 July 2020

    Nine out of 10 council leaders, chief executives and mayors are concerned about the impact of a second coronavirus wave on their area, a quarterly survey has found.

  • As councils prepare for a second wave, they are held back by the centre

    23 July 2020

    The NLGN’s latest Leadership Index survey shows councils are not getting enough support from the centre in their battle to tackle COVID-19 locally as they plan for a potential upsurge, says Pawda Tjoa.

  • Community groups attitude key to success

    14 July 2020

    Council attitudes towards community groups have a ‘clear impact’ on their success and sustainability, a think-tank report has found.

  • Building on citizen power

    07 July 2020

    The Local Area Co-ordination Network is dedicated to helping people find solutions to complex challenges through local resources rather than service interventions, as Professor Donna Hall and Nick Sinclair explain.

  • Righting Wrongs

    15 June 2020

    Anger and tumult have exploded around the world following the death of George Floyd. Ann McGauran reports on the effects of the waves of protest and how councils are working to ease tensions.

  • Successful community initiatives should not depend on having friends in high places

    03 June 2020

    Success in working with councils depends on knowing committed insiders, says Luca Tiratelli of the New Local Government Network.

  • Centralising instincts are undermining local assets

    28 May 2020

    NLGN's latest Leadership Index shows the importance of unshackling local government from Westminster's top-down approach, says Pawda Tjoa.

  • Community ties strengthen as economies unravel

    26 May 2020

    Community cohesion is at an all-time high despite plummeting economic confidence during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new survey of local government chiefs and leaders.

  • The power of local systems to save lives

    21 May 2020

    The money announced for testing, tracking and tracing is welcome, but it will be pretty thinly spread across local government, argues Professor Donna Hall. Councils need to be properly funded to do this properly.