The heat is on

The heat is on
By Professor Jim McManus | August 9, 2022

Professor Jim McManus sets out the tasks ahead for directors of public health in response to changes in the climate, adding we must do all we can to achieve net zero by 2050.

  • A different future for Barnet

    By Dan Peters | August 3, 2022

    Dan Peters talks to Barnet LBC chief executive John Hooton about the end of the council’s controversial easyCouncil outsourcing model, its new HQ and the shift into a hybrid work pattern.

  • Get ready for change

    By Ann McGauran | August 3, 2022

    The new chair of the District Councils’ Network chief executive group Yvonne Rees, says her local authority members are up for change, but it needs to be done in a way that benefits residents. Ann McGauran reports.

  • A tale of two factions

    By Martin Ford | July 26, 2022

    As the Tory leadership candidates start setting out their campaign policies, how much are they revealing about their approaches to local government, devolution, levelling up and social care? Martin Ford reports.

  • Unfinished business

    By Heather Jameson | July 19, 2022

    Stephen Moir is back in Cambridgeshire for his third public services role – this time as chief executive of the county council. He talks to Heather Jameson about the corporate plan, shifting cultures and the importance of good governance.


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