Ann McGauran

  • Next government ‘should bring big cities up to par with G7 peers’

    12 June 2024

    The incoming government should put big cities outside London at the heart of a national mission to make the UK richer than Germany, a report today from the Centre for Cities think-tank has said.


  • Stronger Things: 'Go deeper to deal with the age of division'

    04 June 2024

    Using community power to tackle highly polarised local problems requires ‘going deeper and deeper until some of the falsehoods clear out’, New Local’s Stronger Things has heard.


  • Probing the profit motive

    04 June 2024

    The County Councils’ Network has set out a blueprint for sustainable council services, including a call for a cap on the cost of children’s residential care placements. Ann McGauran reports.


  • Solving the price hike challenge

    04 June 2024

    Soaring demand for children’s care placements has driven a culture of profiteering providers and experts say cracking the problem requires a multi-faceted solution. Ann McGauran reports.


  • Stronger Things: Real interest in community power at the top of Labour

    04 June 2024

    There is ‘real interest and engagement’ among Labour politicians nationally in community power along with the energy to drive forward the agenda, the leader of Camden LBC has said.


  • Making a resilient start

    21 May 2024

    Ann McGauran talks to ADEPT’s new president Ann Carruthers about the need for resilience and the increasing challenges for place services as funding continues to be curtailed


  • Breaking bullying’s grip

    13 May 2024

    The acceleration of inappropriate behaviour in town and parish councils is leaving staff in fear for their jobs. Will the Government take action? Ann McGauran reports.


  • Call for action on the adult care workforce

    22 April 2024

    Ensuring care staff gain parity of esteem with the NHS and are valued by the public top the wish list for Association of Directors of Adult Social Services’ workforce lead Carolyn Nice. Ann McGauran reports.


  • Fighting for the children

    16 April 2024

    Incoming president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services, Andy Smith, talks to Ann McGauran about the optimism and opportunities he sees as the organisation tackles the challenges ahead for children and young people.


  • Dashboard compares healthy life expectancy across councils

    10 April 2024

    A data tool to compare healthy life expectancy across all councils in England has been launched by The Health Foundation.


  • Connecting health to cohesion

    08 April 2024

    The evidence showing the importance of social cohesion to health, and the damage loneliness causes to mental health, is compelling. Ann McGauran reports.


  • Mission impassable

    20 March 2024

    After the DfE’s about-turn over its own consultation for councils to end the use of agency social work project teams, Rachael Wardell argues they diminish an authority’s ability to implement a consistent practice model. Ann McGauran reports.


  • Growth matters

    06 March 2024

    Tom Stannard talks to Ann McGauran about why strengthening local government’s economic development and regeneration role is crucial if the UK is to drive forward on growth.


  • 14 years on: The ‘winners’ and ‘losers’

    27 February 2024

    New data shows how £13.9bn of cumulative cuts in local authority funding in the 14 years since 2010-11 have hit the sector. Ann McGauran and Maks Wieczorski report.


  • Don’t fall for all the hype behind AI

    20 February 2024

    Natalie Cramp talks to Ann McGauran about some of the opportunities, risks and challenges emerging from the use of data and AI in local government.


  • A hike too far?

    11 February 2024

    The Government has allowed some authorities to hike council tax while refusing Somerset Council’s bid to take the same step. Meanwhile, the system remains ‘highly regressive’. Ann McGauran reports.


  • Dream big, start small

    22 January 2024

    Ann McGauran reports on the Local Government AI Summit, which was aimed at providing the sector with a deeper understanding of the technology’s potential to solve real problems.


  • Tapping into digital and tech for public good

    22 January 2024

    AI is arguably this year’s key technology trend, with generative AI in particular and large language models promising great benefits for the public sector. Ann McGauran reports.


  • Awakening of a sleeping giant

    10 January 2024

    Ambition, opportunities and green technologies. South Derbyshire DC has huge potential and is working to unleash it. Ann McGauran reports.


  • National children's placement strategy required to remove 'profiteering'

    13 December 2023

    The president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services has called for a national placement strategy to remove the risks posed by some ‘clearly profiteering’ large providers.