Lawrence Conway is chief executive of South Lakeland DC
It's time for us all to grasp the complexities of local places
Lawrence Conway says that as we travel to an unknown point in time for our economy, our role as place shapers and leaders in our communities will be some of the essential ingredients in how successful our future will be as a district council.
Learning from the special relationship
Reflecting on insights from the USA, Lawrence Conway says there are key elements we need to address in the UK if we want to keep pace with the changing needs of society and business.
A simple and effective local approach to the climate emergency
South Lakeland DC has recently adopted a climate change policy - and it's on one page, says Lawrence Conway. The focus is on simple, effective actions.
It's time for coherent joined up policies
Lawrence Conway has one thing to ask following the Brexit outcome - and that's for a look at how national policy is put together and joined up.
Corporate memory: A valuable and scarce resource
Short term planning seems to prevail at present, says Lawrence Conway. But he believes district councils will continue to play their part in ensuring their collective knowledge informs long term plans for local communities' prosperity.
Communities need the place-shaping we excel at
Local government hasn't lost its mojo, says Lawrence Conway. Now must be the time when its role is given the recognition and responsibility to help drive the long term plan.
Where's the debate over business rates?
We haven’t any money, announces local government. Absolute tosh, pronounces ministerial department spokesman – you have £200bn a year to spend. Lawrence Conway wonders where we are on business rates.
What is the strategy for local government?
Lawrence Conway says the sector needs a unified strategy that is sustainable with forthright leadership and a focus on its goals and objectives.
Let's stop the housing numbers game
Lawrence Conway says we must focus on housing needs, not numbers.
Civic leadership has become undervalued and unappreciated
Lawrence Conway on why he believes civic leadership is key at every level.
Our economy is growing quickly, but can we sustain the momentum?
Lawrence Conway explains how South Lakeland DC is making the most of its booming economy
The economic power of three
Lawrence Conway explains how three councils have joined together to create their own economic powerhouse for the Morcambe Bay area.
We need a structural debate on prosperity, housing and health
Lawrence Conway says the sector needs to expend its energies influencing and engaging national decision-makers on wages, housing and a healthier living.
A public sector fit both for today and tomorrow
Amid the political uncertainty at the national level, Lawrence Conway says there are day-to-day issues that require solutions sooner rather than later.
Do not underplay the role of districts in driving economic growth
The green paper underplays the role districts and clusters can play as economic enablers, argues Lawrence Conway.
It's all a bit complicated
Lawrence Conway recounts some recent conversations about the complexity of local government structures.
Local economic success is there for the taking
There are new opportunities for local government to boost economic growth - so long as leaders are willing to grasp them, writes Lawrence Conway
The case for a digital future
Financial challenges facing local government will become even bigger unless key behavioural changes are made, says Lawrence Conway
Getting UK growth airborne
Ministers at the Conservative Party Conference revealed much about their plans for economic growth, housing and devolution. Lawrence Conway says districts must now capitalise on the messages coming from the Government
The best outcome for the North
Rural areas in the Lake District are working hard with city regions to strike a balance over housing and economic growth, says Lawrence Conway