Analysis The MJ

20 12 Analysis Analysis


  • Embedding service resilience in a post-pandemic world

    By Michael Burton | May 2, 2022

    What are the issues facing councils as they return to some form of post-pandemic normality and start to rebuild front line services? Michael Burton reports on a round table debate on the challenges to creating and maintaining service resilience.

  • Doing the right thing for children

    By Ann McGauran | May 1, 2022

    With the direction of the Government’s policies for schools and SEND becoming clearer, the new president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services Steve Crocker speaks to Ann McGauran about his priorities for the next year.

  • Coming home to Cambridgeshire

    By Dan Peters | April 28, 2022

    Chief executive of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Eileen Milner talks to Dan Peters about the need to build on the improved partnership working that emerged during the pandemic.

  • Playing the long game

    By Ann McGauran | April 27, 2022

    Rachael Wardell speaks to Ann McGauran about the capacity issues facing social workers, the need for staff to stay long enough to build long-term relationships, the pressures of intervention, and spiralling agency costs.

  • Putting people first

    By Ann McGauran | April 27, 2022

    At a time when innovation and behaviour change are needed, a number of barriers are making it harder for councils to play a strategic role within system-wide partnerships to improve health outcomes. Ann McGauran reports.

  • Planning for the new workforce

    By Michael Burton | April 27, 2022

    Hybrid working and chronic shortages mean councils need to radically rethink their workforce strategies. Michael Burton talks to Gordon McFarlane, the new president of the association representing HR professionals, about what lies ahead.

  • Children’s services: leaving crisis management behind

    By Martin Ford | April 26, 2022

    With the National Audit Office’s investigation into the state of children’s services due later this year, it recently held a round table with The MJ, bringing together sector senior leadership figures. Martin Ford reports.

  • Targeting an end to rough sleeping

    By Dan Peters | April 21, 2022

    Even political rivals want minister Eddie Hughes to deliver on the target of ending rough sleeping in England within two years. But is the Government dragging its feet on expanding the ‘really important’ Housing First scheme? Dan Peters reports.

  • Levelling up: the digital challenge

    By Michael Burton | April 21, 2022

    The MJ and BT recently held a round table debate with nine leading council chief executives from the Midlands and the North to debate the challenges and opportunities from the digital revolution. Michael Burton reports.

  • Rebuilding Ukraine

    By Emmet Regan | April 13, 2022

    Emmet Regan looks at how Ukraine could be rebuilt, with the UK leading the way in post-war reconstruction and transformation, to offer a renewed sense of hope.

  • An end to the SEND lottery?

    By Chris Mahony | April 13, 2022

    The new Green Paper on special educational needs and disability received a generally warm reception from the sector, but concerns remain around funding and delivering cultural change. Chris Mahony reports.

  • A way of doing politics differently

    By Ann McGauran | April 6, 2022

    Can we do politics in new ways that engage people rather than being alienating, adversarial and fraught? Ann McGauran listened to the views of a Stronger Things panel.