• The private sector is essential to levelling up

    19 May 2022

    When levelling up, government will achieve the most by enabling and empowering the private sector to increase investment, jobs and growth at local levels, says Athina Agrafioti.

  • Getting the hybrid model right can improve our workplace culture

    18 May 2022

    If we can get the hybrid work model right in local government we can improve our workplace culture, since women will want to stay, and, in turn, we’ll do a bit more in closing the gender pay gap, says Tracy BIngham.

  • Cities can bring economic and policy substance to the levelling up agenda

    17 August 2021

    A report from the OECD underlines that Core Cities still do not contribute their full potential to national prosperity, says Cllr Nick Forbes. But we can build on our experiences in handling the pandemic to create a platform for recovery, he adds.

  • We need to ask 'what are offices for' ?

    17 August 2021

    Ministers are said to be concerned that despite the easing of COVID restrictions, few staff are coming into the office. Claire Kober says that at root there seems to be an implication that working from home is no more than an excuse to loaf.

  • Time to rethink going back to work

    13 July 2021

    There is a real appetite to work differently post-pandemic, says Tony Kirkham. Instead of rushing back to the office, we should take the opportunity to think about the future

  • Hitting the target but missing the point

    07 July 2021

    A report by the Institute for Government highlights the risks of a target culture - 'prioritising easy wins, ignoring important issues and manipulating data', says Claire Kober.

  • Successful leadership – top five emerging themes

    02 June 2021

    Jes Ladva at Odgers Interim gives his assessment on the key leadership skills developing in local government for a bright post-pandemic future.

  • Making the most of remote working

    30 August 2020

    Solace's Karishma Vakta-Smith looks at the impact of remote working, and what it means for the future of recruitment.

  • High hopes for high needs

    30 August 2020

    IMPOWER has published a list of the best performing councils on high needs. Leo Jones takes a look at who's on it and at what makes them so good.

  • Our social care achievements can't be pinned to one single component

    16 March 2020

    Andrew Loades outlines the key factors underpinning Redbridge LBC’s high productivity rating and satisfaction scores for adult social care.

  • A Budget for growth – so where is the catch?

    11 March 2020

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak's Budget may not have delivered much for council revenues – for adult or children’s social care – but it is squarely aimed at boosting productivity and growth, writes Heather Jameson.

  • Hertfordshire leads the way in managing growth

    05 March 2020

    All 12 members of the Hertfordshire Growth Board have now approved an official working agreement that will help make the county an even better place, says David Williams.

  • Slicker cities

    04 March 2020

    Cllr Huw Thomas examines the findings of a new report looking at enhancing the potential and overall productivity of the UK’s core cities.

  • Avoiding the dangers of a ‘one-size-fits all’ approach

    04 March 2020

    Two key recommendations highlighted in a new report on the need for 'levelling-up' to include counties are for Growth Boards - and for the devo White Paper to consider devolving budgets and powers to county areas, says Paul Dossett.

  • Go big or go home

    03 March 2020

    Chair of the UK2070 Commission into spatial inequalities Lord Bob Kerslake says everyone will lose if we fail to tackle the widening productivity and wealth gap.

  • Reports highlight core cities' low productivity and increasing regional inequalities

    03 March 2020

    Productivity in the UK’s core cites is low by national and international standards and regional inequalities are continuing to increase, two new reports have revealed.

  • OECD report on Core Cities is key to 'levelling up' the UK

    03 March 2020

    Productivity in the UK’s Core Cities is low by national and international standards and they have the potential for much stronger and more inclusive growth, according to a new report from the OECD.

  • Maintaining performance

    25 February 2020

    The 15 strongest performing councils in adult social care have been highlighted in IMPOWER’s latest productivity INDEX. Ralph Cook looks at the results.

  • We are £1 better off compared to 2008

    19 February 2020

    After more than a decade, average pay has risen above its pre-election levels. Michael Burton asks what the future may hold for pay and productivity

  • Ministers must heed local productivity gaps

    04 February 2020

    Ministerial efforts to reduce the regional productivity gap must recognise the imbalances at local level within regions, government advisers have warned.