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    • Adele Taylor

    Supporting rising stars pays dividends

    By Adele Taylor | January 23, 2020

    Adele Taylor says she has been fortunate in her career to be advised and mentored by senior officers who encouraged her to get out and network. She has continued that tradition now that she is able to support the rising stars of the future.

  • Preventing future Grenfells

    January 22, 2020

    Not much has been done to expedite changes to prevent another Grenfell tragedy, argues Sir Bob Neill. He says it’s time the problems were addressed collaboratively by Government and local authorities.

    Updated software remains critical to protecting data

    By Chris Mountford | January 22, 2020

    This month Microsoft withdrew support from Windows 7. Chris Mountford looks at how local government can balance the books while keeping data secure.

    • Ben Page

    What are local government's prospects now?

    By Ben Page | January 22, 2020

    Ben Page looks ahead at the prospects for local government.There is hope on social care, with a promise of cross-party talks within 100 days of the election. But on a host of issues, is benign neglect the best local government can hope for?

    Exploring all the options

    By Cllr David Fothergill | January 22, 2020

    The ‘radical rethink’ needed to reform the adult social care system calls for bold decisions, full exploration of all the options – and a funding solution that may need some manoeuvring around manifesto pledges on tax, says Cllr Dave Fothergill.

    • Michael Burton

    The first big test for Boris from the Northern Powerhouse

    By Michael Burton | January 22, 2020

    The real test for the new Government is how much more power it is prepared to devolve to the Midlands and the North, reducing Whitehall interference and ministerial short-termism, argues Michael Burton.

    • Michael Burton

    A landmark year for Waltham Forest

    By Michael Burton | January 22, 2020

    In 2019 Waltham Forest LBC became the first Mayor of London Borough of Culture - and won The MJ’s Local Authority of the Year category in the annual awards. Cllr Clare Coghill and Martin Esom talk to Michael Burton about the council's achievement.

    Online tool helps residents assess likely care costs

    By Anton Hodge | January 20, 2020

    Anton Hodge describes how a new online tool to help people assess the likely cost of adult social care services has brought benefits to residents and to North Yorkshire CC.

    Building thriving towns

    By martin Randall | January 17, 2020

    Adur DC and Worthing BC are taking a stake in their local economies to catalyse investment in their places, based on establishing firm foundations to help local communities thrive, writes Martin Randall.

    Communities hold the key to children’s social care

    By Pawda Tjoa | January 17, 2020

    Pawda Tjoa says community-led approaches to early intervention should offer valuable lessons for policy-making on a national scale – and now is the time to ‘nurture the local initiatives that are already making a difference’.

    The stage is set for districts to demonstrate their key role

    By John Fuller | January 17, 2020

    We hope ministers take away the message from conference next month that it is districts, backed by long-term sustainable funding, who are best placed to turn the new decade into the roaring twenties, says Cllr John Fuller.

    OECD will say our over-centralised system holds places back

    By Cllr Judith Blake | January 16, 2020

    Core Cities has commissioned the OECD to put together a new and radical report into putting in place the right policies to enable places to fulfil their potential, says Cllr Judith Blake.