Analysis

The sound of silence

The sound of silence
By Chris Mahony | February 12, 2020

Local agencies are often ‘woefully ill-equipped’ to stop child sexual abuse in the family environment, says a new joint report from four inspectorates including Ofsted. Why is multi-agency performance still so poor – and what needs to happen next? Chris Mahony reports.

  • Ensuring a commercial hit

    By Heather Jameson | February 12, 2020

    Heather Jameson examines the findings of a round table featuring local government lawyers hosted by The MJ and Penna.

  • ‘Stop kicking us three steps back’

    By Dan Peters | February 5, 2020

    Our annual local government finance survey shows most councils are planning to raise council tax – and reveals support for fiscal devolution is by no means universal. Dan Peters reports.

  • Overcoming obstacles to digital change

    By Martin Ford | February 5, 2020

    The MJ and Fujitsu hosted a round table debate looking at managing the obstacles to digital change - to explore the issues councils currently face and some of the solutions discovered. Martin Ford reports.

  • Cyber Central transformation

    By Heather Jameson | January 28, 2020

    Rather than wait for a private developer to buy land next to the GCHQ building, the council stepped in to ensure the site is used for inclusive economic growth. Heather Jameson talks to acting chief executive of Cheltenham BC, Tim Atkins.

 
 

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