In the current mood of ‘take back control’, do residents have an appetite for taking back control – and do councils want to give it up?
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Effective handling of technological innovation will depend fundamentally on a strong ethical base with meaningful collaboration and communication, writes Socitm’s president.
This month’s local elections in England and Northern Ireland proved good for smaller and Independent parties and relatively less successful for the major ones. In England, the Conservatives had their worst seats loss since 1995, while Labour also fell back.
A ‘smart city’ means different things to different people around the world.
The government’s welcome new statutory guidance for scrutiny in local government is not solely for scrutiny committees and the officers who support them. It is as much, or more, for the attention of chief executives and leaders.
Last Friday when the Conservatives were counting the cost of a local elections shellacking beyond their worst nightmare, the 40th anniversary of Margaret Thatcher’s 1979 general election breakthrough did not go unremarked.
What do we mean when we say someone has or lacks integrity?
If local government wants to attract the best in to its leadership roles, doesn’t it have a responsibility to help them out?
Getting governance right improves the confidence of decision makers, and makes their organisations kinder, more inclusive and more creative.
Two recent reports by government watchdog the National Audit Office have dwelt on the quality of local governance and audit.