• EXCLUSIVE: Fresh demand for place-based budgets

    21 August 2019

    A fresh demand for place-based budgets has been made by the co-chair of an independent panel that first made the call five years ago.

  • Transforming public services

    20 August 2019

    The decision five years ago to wind up Whitehall’s Transformation Unit resulted in a loss of capacity and expertise, according to Pat Ritchie. Now, the new Prime Minister must embrace post-austerity place-based deals, she believes.

  • Time to wake up

    20 August 2019

    Paul Wheeler says the ‘slow death of capable local political leadership’ is hopefully a wake-up call to parties to invest in and support local politics.

  • Under pressure

    14 August 2019

    The tragedy of local government is that over a decade of pressure, the urgent has crowded out the important and the big picture has been obscured by the struggle to survive. Dr Jonathan Carr-West asks: how do we move from ‘better’ to ‘different’?

  • Council to change finance approach after review

    07 August 2019

    Warrington BC has ‘consistently overspent’ against parts of its budget and needs to change its approach to deliver services ‘from a more sustainable financial footing’.

  • Portsmouth chief to take on CCG leadership

    02 August 2019

    Proposals have been made for Portsmouth City Council’s chief to take on leadership of his Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

  • How agile is your council?

    30 July 2019

    Local authorities are struggling to implement flexible change programmes, a new survey by The MJ and PA Consulting has found. Michael Burton reports

  • Former Sandwell chief gets Publica role

    26 July 2019

    Council-owned company Publica Group has announced the appointment of former Sandwell MBC chief executive, Jan Britton, as managing director.

  • Final reflections

    24 July 2019

    The MJ columnist Allen Graham has stood down as chief executive of Rushcliffe BC. He says the sector is ‘at a unique cross-roads where the dilemmas and challenges facing us must be met with creativity, transformation and collaboration’.

  • Impact of Integrated Care Fund 'remains unclear'

    18 July 2019

    The impact of the Integrated Care Fund in Wales remains ‘unclear’ despite a £385m Welsh Government investment, the Auditor General has warned today.

  • The Lexicon: Making it Happen

    25 June 2019

    Bringing Bracknell’s Lexicon project to life was a complex undertaking, says Victor Nicholls – with the local authority’s entrepreneurial role and management of political strategy key to delivery.

  • Transformation ‘largely left to smoulder on the back burner’

    12 June 2019

    Five years ago the Service Transformation Challenge Panel was launched with the aim of delivering better outcomes in local public services. But a new report notes little progress since the UK EU membership referendum.

  • We need to change how we deliver change

    05 June 2019

    Mike Gibson of Ethical Consulting asks: Why waste valuable resources on consultancy when surely we should develop new and valuable skills which we can draw on when needed?

  • Big data, big opportunity

    05 June 2019

    Dr Andrew Larner says it would be impossible for councils to ignore the increasing wave of big data - and embracing the change seems to be at the forefront of local authority evolution.

  • From customer experience to thriving community

    05 June 2019

    A design approach is still important to maintain, but the design rules for a community-centric approach can be fundamentally different to those of a customer-centric approach, says Dr Andrew Larner of iESE.

  • Integration offers chance to invest in prevention

    14 May 2019

    A new approach to investing in prevention can be achieved through the integration of health and care systems, according to a report.

  • Call for greater focus on culture change in integration drive

    30 April 2019

    Huge cultural and behavioural differences between health and care need more consideration, consultancy Impower has urged.

  • Councils in fresh NHS warning

    23 April 2019

    The Local Government Association (LGA) has issued a fresh warning that the NHS must not forget councils as it embarks on its Long Term Plan.

  • Social care precept 'avoided catastrophe'

    11 April 2019

    The introduction of the social care precept ‘avoided catastrophe’ but the sector still faces a funding gap of at least £15bn, a senior figure told The MJ’s Future Forum today.

  • Avoiding fiscal risks - and 'daddy dragon' moments

    27 March 2019

    Tracie Evans says her 'daddy dragon' of the week is not Brexit but the question of what is the optimum number of contractors needed to deliver a very complex organisational transformation.