• Breckland goes it alone in wake of strategic partnership end

    03 September 2021

    Breckland DC has failed to convince another Norfolk district to join it in a new strategic partnership after its deal with South Holland DC ended.

  • Councils receive funding for data sharing projects

    03 September 2021

    Vulnerable children and families will receive better support after a new fund was created to improve how data is shared between partners.

  • Supporting the most vulnerable in Herts

    02 August 2021

    Hertfordshire CC is investing £9.6m to support its most vulnerable residents in overcoming the repercussions of the pandemic. Scott Crudgington explains why the council is determined to remain ‘a county of opportunity’ for all.

  • An opportunity to build back from the ground-up

    01 July 2021

    With lockdown restrictions still in place and post-COVID economic recovery just getting started, now more than ever strong leadership from the public and private sector is needed to deliver at a local level, says Anne Boyd.

  • Lincolnshire districts join forces in new partnership

    18 June 2021

    Three Lincolnshire district councils have announced they will form a new strategic partnership.

  • Pandemic made councils 'more responsive' to charities, survey finds

    22 April 2021

    The pandemic has helped improve the relationships and collaboration between local authorities and charities, according to new research.

  • South Holland and Breckland to break up partnership

    01 February 2021

    South Holland and Breckland DCs are to end their decade-long partnership, with a final decision due at the end of the month.

  • Levelling up means devolving down

    01 February 2021

    To ‘build back better’ we need to use recovery to invest in approaches that foster stronger place-based partnerships, says Graham Duxbury.

  • Casting light on a dark problem

    25 November 2020

    An innovative integrated approach to tackling drug-related harm in Blackpool is achieving promising early results – but significant challenges remain on funding, commissioning cycles and data. Ann McGauran reports.

  • A crucial role for districts

    17 November 2020

    Martin Ellender says districts, with their local and national partners, must consider 'what has worked well during this incredibly challenging period and protect the strengths in the system highlighted in 2020'.

  • HOUSING: Investing in a not so risky business

    11 November 2020

    With the recent scrutiny over Spelthorne BC’s investment decisions, James Duncan suggests it makes sense to consider other funding mechanisms for housing developments.

  • The power of local knowledge

    10 November 2020

    A report show the impressive record of collaboration between Leeds City Council and the University of Leeds and untapped potential for research partnerships, says Neil Evans.

  • A new public service

    02 November 2020

    When Waltham Forest put together its new corporate strategy, it was with the belief that the extraordinary response to the pandemic should be understood and celebrated as public service, explains Martin Esom.

  • Salford’s development partnership strengthens

    20 August 2020

    The pandemic has had a far-reaching impact, but the English Cities Fund and Salford City Council continue to deliver their long term vision for the city, says Phil Mayall.

  • Taking the ethical route to enforcement

    20 July 2020

    Three years ago East Hampshire DC and Havant BC launched their own ethical trading company aimed at improving the environment, says Gill Kneller - and they're delivering a 'seamless and efficient enforcement service'.

  • Video conferencing has boosted partnership working

    20 July 2020

    Use of video conferencing is helping local councils to achieve more, and the convenience factor is bringing many benefits for partnership working, says Michael Bracey.

  • Keep the faith: The importance of courage post coronavirus

    23 June 2020

    COVID-19 has merely accelerated the changes that were already happening in our conurbations, says Matt Crompton.  We will continue to create special places if we remain courageous, he adds.

  • Melting the boundaries after COVID

    09 June 2020

    In our first virtual round table alongside recruiters Faerfield, chiefs from across the sector talk to Heather Jameson about the opportunities ahead to ‘build back better’ and reshape public services.

  • Policing the street population in the context of COVID-19

    08 June 2020

    Dr Arabella Kyprianides and professors Ben Bradford and Clifford Stott examine how the challenges faced by police, local government and partner agencies when policing London’s street population are being addressed.

  • Time for some creative thinking on safeguarding

    02 June 2020

    With many key partners having closed their doors, local authorities need to think differently about safeguarding children to make sure they don’t fall through the net, warns Anne Longfield.