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Obscured by the fog from Westminster’s Brexit theatrics, our national productivity crisis has evaded close attention and scrutiny. But recent economic signs and official statistics suggest this problem isn’t going away.
A bombshell revelation from an interim director changed my whole view of a prospective job.
A dynamic region requires a combined authority workforce with a range of skillsets, says the Tees Valley CA chief executive
We are determined to make the most of Liverpool City Region’s devolved powers.
What do we mean when we say someone has or lacks integrity?
Setting public spending in the context of massive growth over 30 years would transform how we think about the future.
Changing systems to address the needs first requires asking the right questions of the right people, not top-down ‘service improvement’ within outdated contstraints.
The use of market incentives to encourage others to fund new house building may end.
Our over-centralised system of government is badly damaged and confidence is waning.
Within local government there has been a gradual transition to a new financial reality.
Local authorities must summon genuine support from every corner, and ultimately play to their area’s inherent strengths.
The market mindset took us a long way. But it’s time to move on.
But it could if the political will was there, and the public support.
There’s no point in being unambitious!
The style is informal, but the conversation can be disconcerting.
Local government must positively build relationships and be seen as a partner in helping deliver the Long Term Plan.
Rural residents pay more, receive fewer services, and on average earn less than those in urban areas.
If local government wants to attract the best in to its leadership roles, doesn’t it have a responsibility to help them out?
Users of care services care who cares for them.
Neil Amin Smith examines the case for a tourism tax and income tax devolution.
England’s big cities are bouncing back, but connecting outlying towns is a challenge for south east England as much as the North.
Created in 2012 following riots in our inner cities, the government’s Troubled Families Programme has received praise and criticism in equal measure over the last seven years of its life.
The science tells us we must act immediately if we are to avoid climate breakdown.
What is the purpose of economic growth? The answer to this question should be clear and obvious: to raise the living standards of all citizens.
The Long Term Plan means the NHS and local government are truly in it together.
Getting governance right improves the confidence of decision makers, and makes their organisations kinder, more inclusive and more creative.
A coherent strategy to enhance skills in disadvantaged areas is vital for meaningful change.
The Early Intervention Foundation’s Donna Molloy says there are evidence based interventions councils can use
Birmingham Children’s Trust is taking a whole system approach to tackling criminal exploitation
A lack of real comprehensive action on local government finances would be reprehensible.
Positive interventions for training employed adults must be at the heart of UK economic renewal.
The persisting centralised mindset on health continues to hamper real progress on improvements to the system.
In its birthday year, how did the public rate local authority-provided adult social care?
Over two-thirds of councils across England and Wales did not undertake any prosecutions against private landlords last year.
The Scottish philosopher David Hume probably wouldn’t have looked favourably on the latest “fair” funding review consultation, and unfortunately neither do we.
What is going on with the governance and oversight of the NHS locally?
We must choose between a well-funded planning system and one that just ticks boxes.
While the transfer of public health to local government is on course, many NHS staff remain sceptical.
Mid-sized cities will be the UK’s international trade flagships after Brexit.
The Palestine Solidarity Campaign is appealing a decision in the UK’s highest court that it says ‘strikes at the heart of questions relating to the powers of the executive and local democracy’.
Two recent reports by government watchdog the National Audit Office have dwelt on the quality of local governance and audit.