Now is the time for councils to look at their property portfolio
It’s time for councils to review their assets to fuel the post-COVID recovery before the ‘Right to Regenerate’, says Mark Davis.
Creating adaptive leadership in Greater Manchester
Greater Manchester needs courageous leaders to ‘design forward differently’, says David Jackson of the Innovation Unit.
‘Normal’ no more
From tragedy to opportunity, local government has a chance to move forwards and make the most of the positive changes the sector has seen since the pandemic hit, as Neil Lupin explains.
A social care model that’s fit for the future
A new report sets out the key ingredients of a better social care system, using a delivery model that is both optimised and local, say James Maker and Daniel Sperrin.
‘This was liberation’
Daisy Carter of the Innovation Unit outlines how COVID disruption inspired new ways of working in Greater Manchester.
Significant funding is critical to delivering Yarmouth's plans for transformative change
Great Yarmouth secured a provisional offer of £13.7m investment from the Future High Streets Fund towards its vision to transform and revive the town centre, says Sheila Oxtoby. A Town Deal bid has also been submitted.
Apprenticeships are the future for digital transformation
In the battle for digital talent, apprenticeships can be local government’s secret weapon, says Euan Blair.
No time for transformation
Professor Donna Hall warns of the danger of the ‘centralised military command-type response’ COVID demands becoming a permanent feature, eroding the time for deep-rooted transformation.
Another interesting year lies ahead
The pandemic only had a 'smallish impact' on recruiting in 2020, says Ben Cox of Penna. He predicts ongoing demand for OD, transformation/change and D&I roles plus a resurgence in place-based recruitment.
The high street is dead, long live the high street
Six Key Cities members received all or part of the Future High Streets funding they originally bid for. Cllr John Merry explains how high streets can become the beating hearts of communities once again.
Learning from innovation in a crisis: Greater Manchester
The disruption of COVID has given Greater Manchester the chance to ‘design back differently,’ say David Jackson and Julie Temperley of the Innovation Unit.
Councillors voice intervention fears
Members of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council have raised concerns the authority could face government intervention over the performance of its planning department.
New Year wishes
With a difficult year ahead of us iESE is renewing its commitment to public service transformation – and wants volunteers to help, says Dr Andrew Larner.
No turning back the digital revolution
The pandemic transformed councils, in their digital processes and engagement. The MJ and Capita hosted two webinars in which chief executives and directors discussed how they and their communities were changed by COVID-19. Michael Burton reports.
We can ensure that finance is a true enabler for our organisations
Adele Taylor says 'local government can have a reputation for glacial change (unfairly I think), but over this last year we’ve found ways to walk the tightrope to enable things to happen'.
Warning over integrated care plan
Proposals to merge health bodies into larger regional integrated care systems (ICS) are ‘in danger of missing the real prize of collaborative place-based leadership,’ councils have warned.
Unlocking the potential of data in the public sector
To be truly transformative local authorities’ data strategies need to create a central repository, underpinned by cloud technology, where data can be ingested at speed, says Dan Thompson.
A once-in-a-generation moment?
The COVID crisis appears to have greatly increased local public sector leaders’ appetite for transforming how their organisations operate, says Joan Munro. National government could do much more to incentivise and support this.
Lessons learned in 2020, make for a better 2021
Sharing best practice across the public sector is even more important now than it was before the pandemic, says Dr Andrew Larner.
Let’s be clear on the consequences of the types of cuts now being planned, says Martin Ellender. They are ‘tantamount to enforced self-vandalism in the name of financial survival’.