Analysis

No turning back the digital revolution

No turning back the digital revolution
By Michael Burton | January 15, 2021

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.

  • A hard act to follow

    By Ann McGauran | January 13, 2021

    Neil McInroy steps down this year as chief executive of the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES). Ann McGauran talks to him about his legacy and the challenges ahead for the UK.

  • Top insights on adversity

    By Ann McGauran | January 12, 2021

    Leadership in local government was tested in 2020 like never before. Here, chief executives reflect on the lessons they will take with them into this year and beyond. Ann McGauran reports.

  • Learning the lessons from past pandemics

    By Bob Gordon | January 7, 2021

    Bob Gordon asks what we can learn from local responses to past pandemics. He says preparation, communication, coordination and accurate, timely, granular data are key.

  • What a year!

    By Martin Ford and Ann McGauran | December 15, 2020

    The MJ reflects on another year in local government, significantly influenced by the pandemic that continues to cause havoc heading into 2021. And there’s a reassuring symmetry to the way the year is ending. Martin Ford and Ann McGauran report.

 
 

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