Mark Rogers, executive director, Collaborate CIC
In recent years there has been a resurgence of “them and us” attitudes. But in a 40-year old report on education lies a reminder of the need to value diversity, and local government has a vital role to play
2017 was quite a year.
I have banged on extensively over the years about the importance of forging strong and sustainable relationships as the necessary precursor for effective and impactful partnership working.
Recent weeks, not entirely prompted by the issues at Kensington & Chelsea RBC, have seen a worrying return of the tendency to blame and the promotion of ‘hard’ intervention as a go-to option to remediate real or perceived council failures.
In one key respect, children’s services face exactly the same challenge as everything else we do to improve the lives of our citizens; namely, how to get prioritised in an environment in which the government’s preoccupation is with leaving Europe.
It is not just councils that have to reinvent themselves.
Mark Rogers: My three wishes for 2017Subscription
There are three things I want to see happen in local government in 2017.
This is an opportunity for local and central government to embrace that change to a more strategic and more devolved approach, writes Birmingham’s chief
I’m trying to take Brexit in my stride. It’s no use panicking, emigrating or having a duvet day.
Mark Rogers says councils can create a ‘Europe of Cities’ in the wake of Brexit