• Give us space

    21 May 2024

    If there is to be a new Total Place, or interest in using combined authorities as mechanisms of collective problem-solving, it will take more than new resources to nurture the creative, brave public service reform mindset, says head of policy and programmes at the Future Governance Forum and associate director for public sector and politics at the Leadership Centre, Claire Spencer.

  • What’s next for devolution?

    20 May 2024

    Kate Kennally says widening and deepening devolution should be on the agenda for the next government – giving local leaders the tools to build strong foundations for a fair and prosperous UK.

  • Lib Dems hit back at ex-minister Redwood

    20 May 2024

    Wokingham BC’s ruling Lib Dems have hit back at former local government minister Sir John Redwood after he chastised the council for wasting ‘huge sums’.

  • West Berkshire urged to make permanent appointments

    17 May 2024

    West Berkshire Council has been urged to focus on the management layer below its corporate leadership team (CLT) to ‘bring further stability’.

  • A time for reflection

    14 May 2024

    Matt Jones and Rachael Morris assess the current HR and OD landscape from a Penna perspective, and look back at a successful PPMA conference which highlighted a lot of positives for the future.

  • Be bold, be a rebel – anything is possible

    07 May 2024

    A prominent joint-appointment within Haringey has shown the value of taking a bold approach to recruitment. Here, Starfish outlines the task they were given and the positive results that emerged.

  • Newham promises 'relationship reset' after concerns

    03 May 2024

    Newham LBC has promised a ‘relationship reset’ following claims a ‘culture of mistrust’ had developed between senior politicians and officers.

  • Let’s plan ahead

    01 May 2024

    Steve Guest warns of the importance of preparing our future leaders for the task ahead by creating ‘leadership space’ and incorporating more formal training and development – before it’s too late.

  • Top Talent: Arts, culture and heritage

    01 May 2024

    In its latest Top Talent feature, Starfish introduces the rising stars of local government leading the charge in championing arts, culture and heritage within their communities.

  • 1984 and all that

    30 April 2024

    Forty years from the passing of the Rates Act, how relevant are the provisions designed to give central government control over the governance of local taxation and expenditure, asks Jonathan Werran.

  • The key to a sustainable workforce

    23 April 2024

    At a time when candidates are in high demand and often can call the shots, a well-defined employer value proposition that contains a robust learning and development programme is the key to boosting retention – as Mark Bearn explains.

  • TPA analysis of senior local government pay is relentlessly unsophisticated

    22 April 2024

    Graeme McDonald says: 'Perhaps the diminishing number of national news outlets covering the TPA’s so called "Town Hall Rich List" means the message is finally getting across – their analysis is so simplistic it verges on the dangerous.'

  • Ready or not?

    19 April 2024

    As a new regulatory regime gets underway for social housing, Peter Hubbard and Claire Ward offer five tips to support public and private sector registered providers.

  • The war for leadership talent

    16 April 2024

    Are we winning the war or losing the battle? Toni Hall and Julie Towers share their experience as the pattern of leadership recruitment within the sector ebbs and flows

  • Healing the sector’s crisis with respect

    16 April 2024

    As veteran leader Ruth Dombey steps down at the Lib Dem’s longest-held council she makes a plea for a ‘grown-up’ relationship between Whitehall and town halls. Paul Marinko reports.

  • Transparency calls over monitoring officer departure

    08 April 2024

    Salford City Council’s opposition leader has called for transparency over a settlement agreement The MJ understands was paid to its departing monitoring officer.

  • Embracing innovation in leadership recruitment

    03 April 2024

    Ben Parsonage offers some practical strategies for identifying leaders who can help promote innovation and creativity across your organisation.

  • Ministers urged to 'change course' on high streets law

    03 April 2024

    Councils have urged ministers to ‘change course’ as they push ahead with plans to make them produce improvement plans for some of their high streets.

  • 'Business as usual' for Lancashire councillors despite resignations

    02 April 2024

    Councillors in Lancashire have insisted it will be ‘business as usual’ despite 20 resignations in protest at the leadership of the national Labour party.

  • Bear traps 

    25 March 2024

    To escape from a 'bear trap' question in an open question-and-answer session don’t try and come up with the perfect answer or solution, advises Blair Mcpherson.