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Over the next 30 years to 2050, local government managers will need to dramatically develop their capabilities.
There can be no doubt that having fair and robust disciplinary processes in place is important to the smooth running of local authorities.
The UK Shared Prosperity Fund should be part of a new deal for poorer places.
Sometimes the consequences of getting things wrong are so important that they give us real pause for thought and cause us to question our practices.
I don’t pretend to be an expert on disability in all its forms. Nor do I know everything about all the issues it raises.
Colleagues are wrong if they think there will be little or no ramifications for other directorates.
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that this country is too centralised.
Whatever decisions are made about the distribution of funding, what is essential is that the overall amount of funding for local government must be increased so that councils across the country are fully resourced to serve their communities.
County Councls Network chair Paul Carter says his members are willing to explore whether there should be a role for deprivation
These formative years for children are not dress rehearsals.
The pressure is thus on to act in a ‘co-productive’ way.
The right balance in fiscal reporting will help finance teams and support local democracy.
There is dark humour in listing the logical flaws buried in the government’s fair funding review.
The past few years have shown the value and significance of our democratic processes, underlining the importance of sustaining a flourishing democracy.
Local politics can be highly partisan, and inter-party disagreements turn people off.
“This will be known as the lost generation, because nothing is happening except Brexit.”
But local authority ownership will play an important part in building the right culture.
Last year seemed to catch out a few companies, some accused of not being upfront about problems, or exposed as operating unethically.
Swapping one opaque formula for another is not the answer
The mostly critical responses from local government to the government’s fair funding review reveal a great deal.
It’s easy to think that unemployment in the UK no longer poses a major policy challenge.
Children’s social care is a genuine conundrum.
To capitalise on the plummeting stock of Labour and the Conservatives in May we must be willing to work collectively.
It would be a loss to the sector if growth in commercial property investment throws a shadow across other areas.
Local leaders can make a major difference to the trajectory of their city or locality
As councils grow their commercial approaches – whether from trading internal services or creating housing companies – having a clear strategy is crucial.
I cannot think of another time in my life when a single issue has so debilitated policymaking.
Many have noted irony in ministers latterly urging caution about commercialism in local government.
Councils are determined to act against the minority who flout legislation, forcing vulnerable tenants to live in inadequate or unsafe housing.
jo bibby For years the British public have been told that staying healthy is entirely their responsibility.
This week’s parliamentary Brexit drama is merely the latest phase of a revelatory unravelling of the British constitutional arrangements.
As many people will die this year because of air pollution than died in the Great Smog of 1952.
Reform is difficult when half of the health and social care service has one arm tied behind its back.
Now would be a good time for local government to confirm its ambition to reduce health inequality and work collaboratively.
With appropriate safeguards and procedures risk in property investments can be mitigated.
It didn’t start well.
We can view libraries as the canary in the coal mine for what is happening to our public services.
The demise of Portsmouth City Council’s Victory Energy in August has led some sceptics to conclude that the public energy movement is living on borrowed time.
The current maelstrom of national politics has never illustrated it better: urban voices are being drowned out.
It is only through partnership that Cambridgeshire & Peterborough CA can fully achieve its transformational agenda for the economy of this area.