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22 12 Best-Practice Best Practice


  • Buckinghamshire’s new collaborations

    By Claire Hawkes | April 8, 2021

    Claire Hawkes outlines Buckinghamshire Council’s community board approach to distributing COVID-19 crisis funding, using a ‘light-touch, but robust application process’.

  • Owning the local message

    By Cormac Smith | April 6, 2021

    It’s time to get back to the basics of good communication and make these skills more accessible to local communities, says Cormac Smith. He outlines the core communication disciplines every organisation needs to master.

  • How to promote community participation

    By Ann McGauran | April 1, 2021

    Ann McGauran reports from a FutureGov workshop on the best way to empower communities to get involved in designing local services.

  • Planning for climate power

    March 30, 2021

    A new report from APSE Energy looks at the practical ways in which the power of planning can be harnessed to embed climate change ambitions, say Phil Brennan and Paul O’Brien.

  • Support when and where it’s needed

    By Sally Britton | March 24, 2021

    An animation about a young woman on the edge of care gives staff and families an easy explanation of how the No Wrong Door approach works, says Sally Britton.

  • Learning from others

    By Emmet Regan | March 17, 2021

    In a series of articles over the coming months, Emmet Regan will look at what public leaders can learn from other sectors and industries. Here, the issues of physical and mental wellbeing are to the fore.

  • Transforming the jobs outlook for young people in Essex

    By Nicole Wood | March 10, 2021

    Nicole Wood outlines how Essex CC has committed to creating 1,000 new entry level jobs for young people, of all abilities, within 12 months, using an ambitious three pronged approach.

  • Surge testing - Winning hearts and minds in Walsall

    By Stephen Gunther | March 1, 2021

    Community engagement and reassurance was the overarching approach to Walsall MBC’s rapid roll-out of surge testing, says Stephen Gunther.

  • Flexing practice in response to COVID in Surrey

    By Rachael Wardell | February 23, 2021

    Rachael Wardell reveals how promoting flexibility in Surrey CC’s usual practice is one of the biggest changes in the way children's services have responded to the impact of the pandemic.

  • Pulling together at the top

    By Heather Jameson | February 19, 2021

    Calderdale Council won the senior leadership team of the year in The MJ Achievement Awards 2020. Chief executive Robin Tuddenham tells Heather Jameson his top team ‘are fundamentally incredibly skilled and knowledgeable but, secondly, connect to [. [..]

  • Living in a climate emergency

    By Cllr Scott Patient | February 17, 2021

    Cllr Scott Patient outlines how Calderdale MBC is working with partners and communities to both reduce flood risk and cut the impacts of climate change – but help is needed, and the council is calling on the Government to unlock resources.

  • Leading the way on the climate emergency

    By Dan Peters | February 11, 2021

    West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s approach to tackling the biggest challenge of our times led to it winning the Climate Emergency category at The MJ Awards last year, as Dan Peters reports.