Martin Reeves is chief executive of Coventry City Council and co-chair of the National Systems Leadership Steering Group
“Too much of the money that Whitehall hands to local government is ring-fenced, meaning it is tied to specifically prescribed diktat from central government and councils are denied the freedom to make their own decisions as to the correct spending balance between various local projects or services.”
When LGC recently drew attention to the increase in central government’s workforce over the past two years, it prompted a minor Twitter debate about whether this was entirely a negative thing.
I have been thinking a lot recently about the implications of Brexit clashing with continued public sector austerity, devolution and combined authorities.
Martin Reeves says reform is needed because people feel marginalised
Martin Reeves says young people know that digital technology is a means to an end, not an end in itself
Place, not structure, should be our focusSubscription
Martin Reeves says chief executives must stop looking at restructuring councils and focus on place-based provision
The whole system must changeSubscription
Coventry City Council chief executive Martin Reeves outlines the Local Vision programme
Debates about the true nature of leadership in local government today have played a big part in Martin Reeves’ year as Solace president
Putting the pride back into public serviceSubscription
Martin Reeves makes the case for a new civic commitment to overcome a culture of scepticism
The right time to be a chief executiveSubscription
Seismic changes in our landscape call for radical new approaches to the way we do business as leaders - so what lies ahead?