• Learning to stop attrition

    14 May 2024

    Toby Barnard explores the impact an effective learning and development programme can have on employee retention in local government.

  • The key to a sustainable workforce

    23 April 2024

    At a time when candidates are in high demand and often can call the shots, a well-defined employer value proposition that contains a robust learning and development programme is the key to boosting retention – as Mark Bearn explains.

  • Delicate decisions

    23 April 2024

    Three myths are holding back Labour’s growth plans, but there are ways to increase investment without wrecking the balance sheet, says Cllr Graham Chapman.

  • Gaining skills: Overcoming the barriers in Great Yarmouth

    22 April 2024

    Great Yarmouth's skills and employability strategy will provide a positive, collaborative framework for the council and its partners and It will leave residents well placed for careers that improve their lives and those of their families, says Sheila Oxtoby.

  • Devolution needs to be more ‘Kevin Keegan’

    22 April 2024

    If the UK wants to emerge from its ‘odd decade’ into a better place, it must use devolution to boost the economic potential of its regions, says Henry Kippin.

  • An uplifting social alliance

    26 March 2024

    Young people with learning disabilities want to work, but more supported internships are needed. To coincide with National Supported Internship Day, The MJ and DFN Project SEARCH held a round table debate to discuss how local authorities can help. Mark Whitehead reports.

  • Governing the local AI revolution

    13 March 2024

    A nuanced approach to governance is needed to successfully navigate the challenge of integrating AI within local authorities, say Amardeep Gill and Jonathan Werran.

  • Revolutionising temporary workforce solutions

    13 March 2024

    The approach taken to temporary workforce management within councils often falls short in several critical areas. Here, chief executive of West Midlands Employers Rebecca Davis discusses why collaboration among local authorities and agencies is key in tackling this issue.

  • Don’t fall for all the hype behind AI

    20 February 2024

    Natalie Cramp talks to Ann McGauran about some of the opportunities, risks and challenges emerging from the use of data and AI in local government.

  • Senior Lib Dem calls for permitted development rights review

    19 February 2024

    A review of permitted development rights (PDRs) should take place before reforms are introduced to make it easier to convert commercial buildings or units into homes, a senior Lib Dem has said.

  • National Apprenticeship Week: Focusing on local talent needs

    02 February 2024

    A co-ordinated effort between businesses, metro mayors, local authorities, and the Government is required to implement a comprehensive national skills strategy, says Nicola Hay MBE.

  • Cities find their future

    15 January 2024

    Cllr John Merry looks back at Key Cities’ successes and considers what he would like the network and local government to achieve during the next decade.

  • Social care career reforms ‘only scratch the surface’

    10 January 2024

    The Government today announced new measures to improve the career prospects of social care staff but concerns remain that this ‘may only scratch the surface’ of the workforce crisis.

  • How can council leaders address the retrofit skills conundrum?

    14 December 2023

    David Pierpoint explores how councils and social housing leaders can work to address their practical retrofit skills gap as they address their decarbonisation targets. 

  • Telford’s tale of success

    11 December 2023

    Deals galore and wise investment is breathing new life into ‘new town’ Telford, as Cllr Lee Carter explains.

  • True collaboration will be key to the success of devo in Surrey

    25 November 2023

    Cllr Tim Oliver says Surrey CC is looking forward to working with the Government and local partners to ensure all residents can feel the benefit of a Level 2 County Deal.

  • Autumn Statement: Level 4 devolution unveiled

    22 November 2023

    More powers will be offered to areas with a level 3 devolution deal, the Government has announced as part of the Autumn Statement.

  • Climate change: combatting fatalism

    13 November 2023

    Groundwork’s new strategy is one for a fair and green future in which people, places and nature thrive, says Graham Duxbury.

  • Shaping the post-pandemic workforce

    30 October 2023

    The Society of Personnel and Development Scotland (SPDS), which represents HR professionals across most of Scotland’s 32 councils, meets this week for its annual conference in St Andrews. Outgoing president Jane Fowler and incoming president Elaine Barrie outline the workforce challenges.

  • Upskill before it’s too late

    30 October 2023

    Decisive action is needed to improve local government recruitment and retention, says Peter Cudlip.