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The economic success of the city must be felt by our wider population and not just by the majority
The notion that towns struggle because cities have done well is misplaced
Progress is about creating a person-centred way of working with key partners and, most importantly, the people themselves
“Austerity is over”. The prime minister’s conference speech received broadly positive coverage.
The government is unable to capture detailed information on procurement with the private sector
We should become comfortable with a leader who oversees policy and assurance and a local leader who steers tactical implementation
It wasn’t only the prime minister dancing after her speech at the Conservative Party Conference
At the moment there’s a gap and an urgent opportunity
Councils are introducing new commercial strategies and activities to boost income, efficiency and local economic growth
The upcoming review must flag opportunities to support the integration of the NHS and social care
Supporting the new vehicles will involve balancing three competing demands
Local government must strengthen spending plans’ capacity to weather present and future risk
Today I am delighted to be unveiling our new trailblazer programme, which will provide bespoke support for councils to develop and deliver innovative local solutions to child obesity in their area.
In my relatively short 15-year career, organisations outside of local government have begun to change out of all recognition.
As Brexit continues to batter the enfeebled British political system, its consequences move inexorably towards us.
When Matt Hancock gave his first speech as health and social care secretary, he said improving outcomes for patients is not just about improving healthcare in hospitals. It’s about keeping people out of hospital in the first place.
At Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, we have over 85 years of experience dealing with the issues and barriers faced by people with sight loss in remaining independent and accessing the world.
Prime ministers and presidents aren’t alone in complaining about public servants frustrating their plans
The project made people think about their work, what they do, why they do it and the impact it has on people’s lives
The red lights are flashing across local government. I don’t think any of us can disagree with this, or the view that the red lights have been flashing for a very long time.
The recovery from the 2008 financial crash has not fed through to all citizens – but that will change
I have lost count of the number of redundancy programmes I have led in my experience as a HR professional in local government.
virginia crosbie and maria miller cut Local politics is a great way for women to get political experience and can encourage them into further roles
The National Audit Office has turned out to be one of local government’s best friends.
The 2019-20 local government settlement is a chance for the government to make small steps towards a fairer funding system.
It’s not overstatement to say the success of Greater Manchester’s huge ambitions are inextricably linked to its digital future
Vulnerable children are being excluded from school and let down when held in custody or secured settings
By working closely with local authorities the Department for Work and Pensions is finding simple solutions that can have a huge impact
New assessments of spending needs should be evidence-based and objective. Is that possible?
As summer slides into autumn, prospects for the NHS and local government look as uncertain as ever
The absence of any robust coordinating mechanisms makes planning for exit difficult
Northamptonshire CC dominated the news throughout August. The question of how the council can balance its books for 2018-19 remains work in progress.
London’s biggest challenge is not unique to the British capital
More voter ID trials will not deal with the fundamental flaws in the policy
Asking voters to show ID ensures our electoral systems are robust, improving security and confidence among voters
It wasn’t long ago that ministers and senior civil servants were dismissing any suggestion that some local authorities were heading for the financial rocks – let alone that the whole sector was approaching dangerous waters.
These participatory bodies cannot be treated as a quick fix for public engagement
Most people don’t look beyond the headline of service failure. They should