Solace

  • Councils hit with new productivity demands

    16 April 2024

    Ministers have demanded councils improve their productivity in the same week as the Government quietly published a report revealing Whitehall makes the sector less efficient.


  • LGA looks to do more to help officers

    03 April 2024

    The Local Government Association (LGA) is looking to do more to help officers fulfil their roles as part of a policy shift for the politically-led organisation.


  • Oflog co-design promises have been broken, say councils

    02 April 2024

    Ministerial promises to ‘co-design’ the Office for Local Government (Oflog) with the sector have been broken, councils have claimed.


  • Elections show the organisation at its ‘one council’ best

    26 March 2024

    Kathy O' Leary says: 'As both pollsters and returning officers would agree, success in elections is talking only about the result and not the process.'


  • Future Forum: Councils hit by absence of employee value propositions

    21 March 2024

    The ability of councils to attract, keep and develop future talent is being hit by the absence of a defined employee value proposition (EVP), The MJ’s Future Forum has heard.


  • Solace at 50

    20 March 2024

    As Solace hits its 50th anniversary – alongside the anniversary of the 1974 local government reorganisation – Heather Jameson looks at the highlights of an essay collection launched to mark the occasion.


  • Good councils make effective use of consultants

    13 March 2024

    'While it’s easy to dismiss reports criticising spend on consultants it is worth reflecting on what consultants bring to our organisations, whether we are clear on their purpose and ensure we focus our spend in those areas that rebuild capacity at a time when it is most needed,' says Graeme McDonald.


  • 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.


  • Taking public health right to the top

    13 February 2024

    Many directors of public health have the leadership approach, experience and technical ability to make excellent chief executives and they need the opportunities to reach the top role, says Julia Weldon.


  • REVEALED: Productivity plan demands toothless

    13 February 2024

    Councils have been told Whitehall will be unable to force them to submit productivity plans.


  • Chiefs back ethnicity pay gap reporting

    12 February 2024

    Council chiefs have backed proposals that would place a duty on local authorities to collect data and report on staffing, pay and outcomes by ethnicity.


  • Welcome to a bright future

    06 February 2024

    The benefits of developing the sector’s own talent is self-evident, says Cllr Abi Brown. By taking on a National Graduate Development Programme candidate, councils get extra capacity and capability to better reflect the communities they serve.


  • Time for a new economic playbook for place

    06 February 2024

    More than ever, place-making needs to be at the centre of what councils do and not at a single spatial level. A coherent national plan is needed, says Robin Tuddenham.


  • Officer warning over street votes

    06 February 2024

    Senior council officers have issued a scathing response to plans for street-level planning votes – dismissing the idea as a costly and complex ‘proliferation of polls’.


  • United we stand

    05 February 2024

    Graeme McDonald says the workforce challenges facing the sector are something that cannot be solved by councils alone, and he gives some tips on how local government can stem the tide.


  • Solace: Marking 50 years in local government

    29 January 2024

    With all the change that has happened over 50 years it feels like the time is right for another local government reset, says Graeme McDonald.


  • Expanding Oflog’s vision

    22 January 2024

    Jack Shaw says the Office for Local Government needs to go further than its current long-term vision, and moving to a statutory footing would mean it could set up a more robust performance regime.


  • Uplifting diverse talent

    11 December 2023

    Mark Lawrence and Angela Carr of Stroud DC explain what they have gained from Solace’s AMPlify development programme supporting the progression of diverse talent in local government leadership.


  • How can further local authority failures be prevented?

    06 December 2023

    There is evidence in a new report from Grant Thornton that in each case of serious local government failure one or more links in the chain of safeguards has been weak or altogether broken, says Paul Dossett.


  • The Autumn Statement leaves councils to solve their own problems

    27 November 2023

    Few expected the King’s Speech and Autumn Statement to be the silver bullet that solved local government’s problems, says Graeme McDonald, but there is nothing to change the big picture