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  • Accessing key drivers for partnership working

    By Michael Burton and Cliff Graham | June 12, 2019

    Access to skills, technology and investment were among the key reasons for local authorities to work with the private sector says a recent survey jointly commissioned by The MJ and Serco. Michael Burton reports

  • 'We've broken the social contract with people'

    June 9, 2019

    Former Society of Local Authority Chief Executives president Jo Miller is leaving her chief executive role at Doncaster MBC to take up a new local government post in New Zealand. She talks to Heather Jameson about her legacy.

  • Unchaining social value

    By Hiba Mahamadi | June 3, 2019

    A new report reveals some councils are building social value into their procurement – but that senior council decision makers must take more interest in securing broader benefits when commissioning services. Hiba Mahamadi investigates

  • Tackling child exploitation together

    By Ann McGauran | June 3, 2019

    A programme to support areas battling child exploitation has been launched by the Department for Education. Ann McGauran reports on how the £2m scheme will work with councils

  • Talking about the bespoke approach

    By Dan Peters | June 3, 2019

    Dan Peters reports from a recent round table hosted by The MJ and the National Audit Office, which explored new interest in and conditions for commercialisation as a process that can help councils save money and generate funds

  • The biggest challenge in local government

    By Heather Jameson | May 29, 2019

    Last week, James Brokenshire announced the reorganisation of Northamptonshire CC – a year later than was originally planned. Heather Jameson speaks to chief executive Theresa Grant and her commissioners on progress at the crisis-hit county.

  • 21st century leadership, technology and climate change

    By Max Wide | May 22, 2019

    A number of councils in the UK have declared a climate change emergency. Max Wide says that while better technologies will help, what’s really needed to change behaviour is ‘bold, artful and technologically aware leadership’

  • The cost of the care challenge

    By Michael Burton | May 22, 2019

    The recent collapse into administration of care provider Four Seasons has highlighted the huge financial pressures the sector faces. Michael Burton examines the figures

  • Is the Prevent strategy reaching maturity?

    By Mark Conrad | May 22, 2019

    The Home Office is positioning its controversial Prevent counter-terror activity alongside town hall safeguarding activities. Mark Conrad speaks to key players involved in a major pilot of the new regime, dubbed ‘Operation Dovetail’

  • The people with the plan

    By Heather Jameson | May 20, 2019

    Barking and Dagenham LBC is now three years into a change programme that puts people at its heart. Heather Jameson talks to chief executive Chris Naylor on the story so far.

  • Redressing the balance

    By Ann McGauran | May 17, 2019

    Localis’s report Hitting reset – a case for local leadership puts the argument for a complete transfer of powers from Whitehall to the local state. Ann McGauran reports

  • From jurassic to digital – the evolution of services

    By Martin Ford | May 16, 2019

    As the new Dorset unitaries get underway, the sea-change in structure is matched by the new wave of digital technology. Against this backdrop, a group of top council chiefs met at a BT/The MJ round table to look to the future.