The MJ Data and Digital: Getting digital right

    By Melvyn Ingleson and Kirsty Cole | September 20, 2019

    Working on digital partnerships is fraught with pitfalls. Kirsty Cole and Melvyn Ingleson offer top tips for making sure you get the best out of your digital transformation deals.

    • Jacqui McKinlay

    Solace preview: Evolving our approach to ethics and standards

    By Jacqui McKinlay | September 18, 2019

    Local government is well-placed to lead the way in evolving and supporting ethical standards to keep pace with challenging times, says Jacqui McKinley, who will speak at next month's Solace Summit 2019 in Birmingham.

    • Heather Jameson

    If you're going to engage you've got to mean it

    By Heather Jameson | September 18, 2019

    In Taiwan, revolutionary Government minister Audrey Tang is pioneering online public consultation. Heather Jameson asks if crowdsourcing public policy is the future of engagement - but that if you do it you have to be serious about it.

    A solid financial result

    By John Fuller | September 18, 2019

    The annoucement of £3.5bn for councils in the Spending Round was a solid result for districts, with many asks being met, says Cllr John Fuller. For the moment, he is focused on making the case for establishing a stable financial future.


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