A matter of trust

A matter of trust
By Sam Clayden | June 16, 2017

Steve Crocker and Chris Whitehouse explain how the Isle of Wight, through its partnership with neighbouring Hampshire CC, has delivered dramatic improvements to its formerly failing services for children - without the need for a trust.

  • The big opportunity for local government

    By Michael Burton | June 14, 2017

    The Government is heavily exposed to backbench revolts – not just on Brexit but on public sector funding. Michael Burton reports on last week’s election, which could give local government the best opportunity to press home its case in decades.

  • Time for some new school thinking?

    By Dan Peters | June 14, 2017

    At a recent The MJ round table, council chief executives and senior managers met to discuss the role of local government in schools and the changing landscape of the education system. Dan Peters reports.

  • What do local authorities really need from the next Government?

    By Sam Clayden | June 6, 2017

    Sam Clayden looks beyond the politics and asks sector experts what the new Government – whatever form it takes – really needs to address.

  • How a crisis brings out local leadership

    By Sam Clayden | May 30, 2017

    Recent tragic events across the country have reiterated the importance of local leadership. From individual figureheads to the local authorities and their civic leaders, it requires a joint effort to keep the communities buoyant. Sam Clayden reports [..]


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