The people working within local government are very special indeed, according to Rachael Mills. She pays tribute to the way councils plan for the everyday and prepare for the unexpected.
January 17, 2022
The Levelling Up White Paper must seek to broaden and deepen devolution, and provide a framework for it that offers local leaders the power and cash they need to tackle local and regional priorities, says Erica Roscoe.
January 24, 2022
When it comes to digital strategy, Sean Hale says lessons emerging from COVID, including the changing world of work itself, create new conditions for councils to move into a bright future.
January 24, 2022
Paul McDermott and Julian Jarrett look at how to best secure local involvement and accountability in delivering levelling up.
January 19, 2022
Neil Lupin takes a look at what this year brings for the sector, and assesses the immediate future for interims.
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