Heather Jameson

Heather Jameson

Heather Jameson is editor of the MJ
  • Roney to become Birmingham's managing director

    06 June 2024

    Manchester City Council chief executive Joanne Roney has been announced as the managing director of Birmingham City Council.


  • Time to all pull together for a joined-up future

    05 June 2024

    Camden LBC leader Georgia Gould – the Labour candidate for Maida Vale and Queen’s Park - wants stabilised funding and central, regional and local government pulling together in the same direction. Heather Jameson says: 'Is it too much to ask?'


  • Stronger Things: Public services are structured for waste, says Denham

    04 June 2024

    The current system of public services is structured to create waste, a former local government secretary has claimed.


  • Brum boss search still on track

    29 May 2024

    The pace of improvement at Birmingham City Council could be hampered by the surprise General Election, but the appointment of a new £300,000-a-year boss will be unaffected.


  • The MJ Comment: Election starting pistol shoots down all action

    28 May 2024

    Too much of the everyday process of running the country gets paused while national politicians court the electorate, says Heather Jameson. 'Is this really the best way to run the country in the 21st century?'


  • Surrey appoints Coughlin as interim chief

    28 May 2024

    Surrey CC executive director Michael Coughlin will take over as interim chief executive on 1 June until new boss Terence Herbert arrives from Wiltshire Council in late August.


  • LGA axes conference due to election clash

    24 May 2024

    The Local Government Association has officially cancelled its annual conference after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak called the General Election that clashed with the event.


  • Could the beating stick be used to point out councils’ efficiencies?

    15 May 2024

    While local government focuses on the stick used to beat it, where is the carrot?, asks Heather Jameson. 'What if councils embraced a little transparency and used this new data to create their own stories?'


  • MJ Regen: Finding solutions together

    14 May 2024

    This year’s UKREiiF event is set to premiere a new how-to guide to help public and private sector partners work together. Heather Jameson reports on the brainchild of the recently-formed EG Public Sector Forum.


  • After the election, beware of needless reshuffles

    07 May 2024

    Heather Jameson says senior council officers now face a new challenge: 'turning towards new, energised political leaderships with a new set of priorities. Is this invigorating, or exhausting?'


  • Gove could launch police inquiry for Birmingham

    01 May 2024

    Reports the levelling up secretary could send a police chief in to investigate financial mismanagement in Birmingham City Council have resurfaced on the eve of local elections.


  • Blunt instrument doesn’t show the whole picture

    30 April 2024

    Heather Jameson says the league tables ministers wanted to avoid are here to stay. 'They will just need to get better at providing a fuller picture.'


  • The Trump effect

    30 April 2024

    Sector insiders talk to Heather Jameson about the possible impact this side of the pond of a second victory for Donald Trump, including less cash for public services and a push to boost local economies.


  • Sunak's defence spending could hit council budgets, says IFS

    24 April 2024

    The Prime Minister’s announcement of extra defence cash could hit public sector budgets further, according to the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS).


  • Local elections: more than just a barometer for Rishi

    23 April 2024

    Local elections do swing with national politics, but the full picture is far more nuanced, says Heather Jameson. 'More so now, as a gaping chasm opens up between the performance of the best and worst local authorities and mayors.'


  • Ministers in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones

    16 April 2024

    The letter on councils’ productivity, sent by local government minister Simon Hoare this week, borders on farcical, says Heather Jameson.


  • Agency will need to work with councils

    10 April 2024

    Homes England chief executive Peter Denton has vowed to refocus efforts on delivering new housing in a market that desperately needs it, says Heather Jameson.


  • How to build a healthy economy

    08 April 2024

    Social care, often seen as a millstone for councils facing financial challenges, has been turned into an opportunity by Stockton-on-Tees BC to create inclusive growth and tackle health inequalities all at once, writes Heather Jameson.


  • Has the time come to go ‘full Nye’ and innovate?

    03 April 2024

    Reform has called for health to be given to local government. Heather Jameson says: 'It is unlikely under the existing government, while Labour currently looks more likely to centralise social care than localise national health.'


  • Crises to continue as we lurch towards a General Election

    26 March 2024

    The MJ's 24-hour Future Forum summit cantered through a collection of catastrophes, says Heather Jameson. 'Perhaps we ought to conclude that watching local government is more like the Anatomy of a Fall. But at least it’s not quite Oppenheimer. Yet.'