To be smart, councils must first be open
Emerging technologies will allow councils to go beyond the usual glamour associated with them. Abigail Gilbert explains.
Putting an end to modern-day slavery
Pete Bungard explains why councils need to take a leading role in eradicating modern slavery.
Unitary plan would 'pull council off see-saw'
South Northamptonshire DC has warned that unitary plans by ‘financially-stricken’ Oxfordshire CC would put its joint working partnership with Cherwell DC at risk.
Praise for backing of Troubled Families programme
A respected transformation expert has praised the Government for emerging from a ‘stormy period of criticism’ and pressing ahead with its controversial Troubled Families programme.
‘Ambitious’ health integration plans look to be ‘scaled back’
The Government has scaled back on achieving full health and social care integration by 2020, it has been claimed.
O'Sullivan named institute chair
Former president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services Alison O’Sullivan has been appointed as the new chair of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).
Collaborative working is the key
In response to an article in The MJ last week calling for councils to take control of the health service, NHS Providers’ Saffron Cordery argues that structural changes are not the answer.
local authorities must draw on the power of community assets
Ewan King says it is time to push forward with an asset-based approach to social care that builds on the skills and strengths of local people.
Budget 2017: Hammond announces £2bn social care cash
Chancellor Philip Hammond has promised additional grant funding of £2bn over the next three years in an attempt to plug England’s social care budget gap.
Tambini to retire in May
Spelthorne BC chief executive Roberto Tambini has announced his intention to retire at the end of May.
Behaviour change helps young people
Suffolk CC has developed an internal team with a focus on behaviour change. Its success made the county the winner in the Behaviour Change category for The MJ Local Government Achievement Awards.
Put local government in control of the NHS
It’s time for a big bang approach to solve a health and care system on the brink. George Jones and John Stewart argue the case for handing the NHS to local government.
A new crossroad for health and care
Drawing on the experience of her 35-year career in social care, Cathy Kerr explains how the sector is moving forward with optimism, despite the barrage of challenges it faces.
Re-setting the culture clock
A primary concern among chief executives in delivering transformation is ensuring the right culture exists in their organisation. John Knight explains how councils are changing a culture 50 years in the making.
Commissioning’s pivotal role on the road to transformation
Benjamin Taylor argues that skillful commissioning and taking responsibility for the results of your entire organisation is the way to successfully deliver public services.
The time, the place
As the RSA Inclusive Growth Commission publicises its final report, Charlotte Alldritt explains why a new form of leadership is needed at local level.
It's all a bit complicated
Lawrence Conway recounts some recent conversations about the complexity of local government structures.
Give our councils control over the health service
Control of the health service should be wrestled from the NHS and handed to local government to improve its running, a pair of academics has argued.
CCG deal may create conflicts
Council officers taking leadership roles in a pioneering partnership with a clinical commissioning group could be forced to back controversial decisions their own authority opposes.
A return for Total Place?
Leaders from all corners challenged to ‘step up to the plate’ amid launch of RSA Commission on Inclusive Growth report.