Best Practice

The re-balancing act

By Kate Kennally | June 23, 2017

Cornwall was already making strides to re-shape its economy before the UK voted to leave the EU. One year on, despite the threat of European structural funds vanishing, Kate Kennally says Brexit is a catalyst for progress to continue apace

  • Why we are celebrating a battle we lost

    By Alan Jarrett | June 21, 2017

    Alan Jarrett explains how Medway Council is celebrating its history to put the place on the map and progress its ambitious regeneration projects.

  • Sharing the lessons of malware

    By Richard Wills | June 6, 2017

    With cyber attacks on the rise, Richard Wills explains how Lincolnshire CC is drawing on its first-hand experience of hacking to strengthen its resilience for the next time.

  • Time for long-term thinking

    By Gillian Guy | June 14, 2017

    Gillian Guy looks at recent research on the wider impact of mental health conditions, and highlights the importance of local authorities and the third sector working together to tackle the challenges presented.

  • Warwickshire’s new double team

    By David Carter and Monica Fogarty | June 6, 2017

    Warwickshire CC’s new joint managing directors David Carter and Monica Fogarty explain how the new partnership – the first of its kind among the counties – places the authority in a prime position to succeed.


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