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    Town centres reimagined

    By Richard Sterling | October 21, 2021

    There is no better time to start the complex and ever-evolving challenge of reinventing town centres, but the most successful regeneration stories share one thing, says Richard Sterling.

    • Jonathan Werran

    Lagging behind the retrofit challenge

    By Jonathan Werran | October 21, 2021

    We risk deepening a divide between rich and poor and different parts of the compass unless we localise national retrofitting strategies, writes Jonathan Werran.

    Building quality of life

    By Sadie Morgan OBE | October 21, 2021

    Sadie Morgan explains the role of the built environment on our health and wellbeing, and how planners and councils can improve quality of life through the design and management of new homes and buildings.

    Plugging the net zero funding gap

    By Alison Griffin | October 21, 2021

    The UK Climate Change Investment Commission is developing a radical place-based offer to private finance, says Alison Griffin - and it estimates in the core cities and London boroughs alone there is potential for up to £500m worth of investment.

    It is teamwork that makes the dream work

    By Joanne Pitt | October 20, 2021

    The Government would be wise to do all it can to de-escalate tensions with councils over funding, says Joanne Pitt.

    How teams react when their manager is doomed

    By Blair Mcpherson | October 20, 2021

    Blair Mcpherson ponders the case of a team's delicate balancing act between 'recognising the need to ingratiate yourself with the chief executive and not being too disloyal to a boss who has been good to you'.

    • Heather Jameson

    Will steps finally be taken to protect public servants?

    By Heather Jameson | October 20, 2021

    As Westminster contemplates the tricky tightrope of balancing safety and democracy, free speech and abuse, the same debates must be held for local government, says Heather Jameson.

    Counting the benefits of good partnership

    By Rob Barlow | October 20, 2021

    The South & East Lincolnshire Councils Partnership was formally signed off this summer. It will build on South Holland DC’s own experience of partnership working, and build something even bigger, says Rob Barlow.

    Let’s not stay silent

    By Baroness Claire Fox | October 20, 2021

    Baroness Claire Fox argues that while most of us will never have our lives threatened for our views, Cancel Culture can make cowards of us all.

    Solving care needs through social change

    By Polly Mackenzie | October 18, 2021

    More money on its own will not be enough to fix social care - and developing the required whole-system approach means local government has to be in the lead, says Polly Mackenzie.

    How can the NHS work with councils on levelling up?

    By Andrew Laird | October 18, 2021

    Andrew Laird says the levelling up jigsaw is missing one major piece – the NHS – and he points to an ethical barrier to it playing a full role in this crucial policy agenda.

    Elections are a family affair

    By Andrew Seekings | October 15, 2021

    Andrew Seekings looks at how Cumbria is preparing for the electoral challenges of local government reorganisation as it plans for next year’s elections to the shadow authorities and beyond.