Jo Miller is chief executive of Doncaster MBC
‘No heroes and generals; no Government saviour’
Jo Miller feels New Zealand’s citizen-focused approach to the coronavirus response highlights that we are all in this together, 'working as a collective to adapt and protect one another'.
Let's work together to solve the housing crisis
Brexit hasn't caused our divisions, but it has laid them bare, and nowhere is this more prevalent than in housing, says Jo Miller. We must do something different to ever have a chance of being a society that works for all, she adds
More hard graft ahead next year
Brexit, improved system leadership and fixing the divisions between Whitehall and local government are just a few of the issues to tackle in order to put local services back to the top of the agenda, as outgoing SOLACE president Jo Miller reflects
Powerhouses must work for people too
In our talk of powerhouses the focus is so often on physical infrastructure, writes Jo Miller - but she reminds us that while this is vital we must also move the discussion onto thinking about people and communities too.
Taking solace in SOLACE
Being a public service leader has never been more difficult, according to Jo Miller, who – in the build up to this week’s Society of Local Authority Chief Executives conference – says that strong leadership is as important and rewarding as ever
Voter ID in perspective
Jo Miller, in her role as a returning officer, argues that Voter ID is a very expensive way to tackle a problem that is not a top priority in the UK.
Communications – an engaging issue
Effective communication and engagement is a big challenge in an era of instant, accessible news. Jo Miller explains how proactivity and actually listening to people is a massive step in achieving this feat.
Council tax is a regressive tax - it's time to do something
With a tax based on 1991 property values, the decks are firmly stacked against a sector that is already facing a cliff edge in 2020, writes Jo Miller.
UC: This is what we're doing, now DWP must respond
Jo Miller outlines the sector's gripes with the rollout of universal credit, and outlines some of the things councils are doing locally to mitigate the impacts.
Meeting the modern leadership challenge
Jo Miller says now, more than ever, we need bold and brave leaders, willing to take risks and disrupt the status quo to deliver for residents in these straitened times.
The People's Powerhouse ploughs ahead
After the success of the People's Powerhouse last week, Jo Miller outlines some of the best pieces of wisdom to have emerged from the event and spells out what is next for the movement.
We can help you achieve your objectives, Westminster
Jo Miller looks at the current state of the state and argues local government could make best use of the public purse because it understands the unintended consequences of Westminster policies.
Cyber security must be managed and understood at all levels
It is not a question of if we will be threatened by a cyber attack, but when, writes Jo Miller.
Councils should be shouting from the rooftops about UC
Jo Miller says the roll-out of Universal Credit is a scandalous waste of public money - and the sector must be more vocal about it.
Hear our womanly roar
Angered by the male-dominated agenda of a Northern Powerhouse conference, Jo Miller started a rival People's Powerhouse event in the drive for equality and fairness.
Assessing the state of the state
Jo Miller says local government must avoid the 'I'm alright Jack' attitude if we are going to realise a Britain that works for everyone with no one left behind.
Let's talk about the tricky issues
How do we all live better and live better together? Jo Miller says we all have a part to play in the aftermath of the Casey Review.
Dealing with the Donald
The result of the US presidential election shows why local government must ensure communities are engaged and involved, argues Jo Miller
The Monday after the Friday before
Jo Miller looks back on a groundbreaking week for the Sheffield City Region, and explains the implications of the new devolution agreement.
Social media puts councils ahead of the game