Analysis The MJ

20 12 Analysis Analysis


  • Fighting for everyone’s rights

    By Ann McGauran | July 2, 2020

    Cllr Gavin Harding MBE became the first person with a learning disability to be employed by NHS England. He says councils could do more to employ learning-disabled people in ‘serious roles’. Ann McGauran reports.

  • Making a bigger impact on value for money

    By Dan Peters | June 27, 2020

    COVID-19 may have had an impact on the work programme, but boss of the National Audit Office Gareth Davies says he is ‘determined’ the scrutiny body will have more of an influence on value for money. Dan Peters reports.

  • Righting Wrongs

    By Ann McGauran | June 23, 2020

    Anger and tumult have exploded around the world following the death of George Floyd. Ann McGauran reports on the effects of the waves of protest and how councils are working to ease tensions.

  • Melting the boundaries after COVID

    By Heather Jameson | June 15, 2020

    In our first virtual round table alongside recruiters Faerfield, chiefs from across the sector talk to Heather Jameson about the opportunities ahead to ‘build back better’ and reshape public services.

  • Councils must challenge Government fearlessly for pandemic cash

    By John Tizard | June 10, 2020

    Local government needs to reach out to others to support a campaign for Government to meet its duty to fund local authority shortfalls, says John Tizard.

  • We've only just begun

    By Heather Jameson | June 5, 2020

    After working with councils to get thousands of rough sleepers off the streets, Dame Louise Casey tells Heather Jameson about the next task - ending rough sleeping for good.

  • The power of local systems to save lives

    By Donna Hall | June 1, 2020

    The money announced for testing, tracking and tracing is welcome, but it will be pretty thinly spread across local government, argues Professor Donna Hall. Councils need to be properly funded to do this properly.

  • Next stop: delivering homes and growth

    By Ann McGauran | May 21, 2020

    The Government is looking for ‘shovel-ready capital projects’, says public corporation LCR. Peter Hawthorne and Nick Markham talk to Ann McGauran about how councils can work with them to deliver transformational schemes around train stations.

  • Facing down an uncertain future

    By Heather Jameson | May 19, 2020

    Already cash-strapped following a decade of austerity, councils now face fighting a national crisis on a basic budget with their financial futures left in the balance. Heather Jameson reports.

  • A ‘trusted national database of volunteers’ can support councils during COVID-19

    By Ann McGauran | May 13, 2020

    RVS has provided a radical way to mobilise a volunteer army to help councils and the NHS provide support during the pandemic using the GoodSAM app. Rebecca Kennelly talks to Ann McGauran.

  • Transformation delivers flexibility in a crisis

    By Ann McGauran | May 12, 2020

    Craig Cusack and  Rob Powell talk to Ann McGauran about how Warwickshire CC’s transformation programme meant it was ‘pretty much ready for the pandemic when it arrived’.

  • Putting local resilience under the spotlight

    By Dan Peters | May 6, 2020

    Views are mixed on how local resilience forums have performed during the COVID-19 emergency. Have austerity, Brexit planning and central Government’s original command and control approach taken their toll? Dan Peters reports.