Nathan Elvery is chief executive of West Sussex and former chief executive of Croydon LBC
Is there a local government blueprint?
If the sector misplaces its energies into structural reform, the point of what matters most may be missed, says Nathan Elvery. He argues that local government should perhaps instead select what works, and shape places and enable lives accordingly.
Let’s not paper over the cracks
Nathan Elvery examines the impact of spending cuts on councils and communities over a decade and highlights that they are dealing with COVID-19 while balanced on a precarious cliff edge.
A reawakening of society?
Nathan Elvery says that through the daily accounts of heroic action during the COVID-19 crisis, society is set to fall back in love with the public sector.
Don’t play the hokey-cokey with health
Local government has turned public health around despite funding cuts. Now it not the time to think about returning the service to the NHS, argues Nathan Elvery.
If empowered, councils can achieve much more on public health
Rather than seeking to downgrade the role of public health within local authorities we should be seeking to enhance it, says Nathan Elvery.
A fork in the road to austerity
Could CIPFA’s plans to create a financial resilience index for councils help rescue local government from further catastrophe? Nathan Elvery explains why he thinks a ‘traffic light’ rating could be heading down the wrong road.
Navigating a sea of trust
The quest of every chief executive is to build trust and to recognise this skill creates an inspired workforce which is both empowered and confident, writes Nathan Elvery
Time to throw off the shackles
Nathan Elvery has worked in every tier of local government. Here he warns the sector it risks being constrained by a focus on structural reforms
As the crow flies
When the landscape was predictable, the ‘straight line’ approach worked. Now, writes Nathan Elvery, the route to financial health is much more complex
The benefits of localism
Nathan Elvery on how localism can be contrasted with regionalism and centralised government.
Simple and direct action about the things that matter
The things which matter most to our local residents – those which improve their lives – are not that complicated, says Nathan Elvery.
The wow factor of the Olympics
Nathan Elvery asks what next for the Olympic legacy?
A greater share in a growing economy
Nathan Elvery explains his views on the need to demand a greater share in a growing economy.
Get your ducks in a row
Nathan Elvery suggests councils get quacking on cuts.
Retaining skilled players in local authorities
Nathan Elvery says now is the time for local authorities to retain their skilled players on the choices to be made ahead.
Nathan Elvery describes how Croydon LBC has had a controlled financial year without reverting to freefall.
Surviving the challenge of change
Learning to set medium-term budgets in a short-term world is part of the long-term influence we must bring about, says Nathan Elvery.
The good people at DCLG
Preserve the child in you says Nathan Elvery
Who will care for Willy Wonka?
I wish I could have a warm, chocolaty feeling about councils like Willy Wonka says Nathan Elvery.
My wish list for Christmas
Nathan Elvery gives some thoughts for a happy New Year.