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20 12 Analysis Analysis


  • Fixing the fiscal flaws

    By Heather Jameson | February 11, 2021

    Last week saw the Treasury put a pause on business rates billing until after the Budget. But the March announcement is unlikely to address the bigger issues facing council tax and business rates. Heather Jameson reports.

  • Confident about care

    By Ann McGauran | February 10, 2021

    Hertfordshire CC’s new director of adult care services Chris Badger talks to Ann McGauran about investing in extra care housing, COVID’s legacy of loneliness, care market sustainability, and developing diverse teams.

  • Surviving the COVID tide

    By Heather Jameson | February 10, 2021

    How has personal resilience and leadership held up among council chief executives during the pandemic? Heather Jameson reports from a a virtual debate held by The MJ and recruitment firm Faerfield.

  • Finding more funding

    By Martin Ford | February 4, 2021

    A flurry of Government grants have been received by local authorities in the wake of the pandemic. While this has helped some councils stabilise finances, what longer-term approach is needed to balance budgets? Martin Ford reports.

  • Steering care through crisis

    By Heather Jameson | February 3, 2021

    The entire care market still faces massive challenges. As part of the National Audit Office investigation into care markets, we brought together some experts to debate the issues. Heather Jameson reports.

  • A turbulent time for talent

    By Sam Clayden | February 2, 2021

    Is local government approaching a deficit of leadership? Sam Clayden analyses the results of a new survey of council chief executives, conducted by Penna for The MJ’s Future Forum.

  • Filling in the gaps

    By Ann McGauran | January 27, 2021

    The Government has launched an independent inquiry into children’s social care in England, amid calls for a cross-Government commission into the impact of COVID-19 on the young. What do sector experts hope could be achieved? Ann McGauran reports.

  • What next for the capital post-pandemic?

    By Michael Burton | January 26, 2021

    The levelling up agenda has focused on the Midlands and the North, but London’s economy has also been hard hit by the pandemic. The MJ and BT spoke to eight London chief executives on how they are adapting to the changes. Michael Burton reports.

  • Pushing for real reform

    By Heather Jameson | January 21, 2021

    The pandemic was a game changer for the central/local government relationship, says Joanne Roney, who has started her two-year stint as president of Solace.

  • Redrawing the map

    By Paul Swinney | January 20, 2021

    Councils are the bodies to lead high street regeneration – but not without reform, argues Paul Swinney.

  • 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 15, 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.