Opinion

UK Franchise calls for high street reform in 2019

19/02/2019

Mathnasium urges landlords and planning departments to modernise planning policy.

Making a ‘smart city’ even smarter

15/02/2019

Amos Meiri explores how a city currency platform can be used for the public good.

Ensuring a hygienic washroom experience for women

13/02/2019

Sian Walkling outlines the considerations that councils should make when it comes to sanitary hygiene.

125 years and the issues remain the same

01/02/2019

Spending time poring over issues of The MJ from the past 125 years it is remarkable how much things change and yet they remain the same, says Heather Jameson.

Local government and Brexit: a steady hand is needed

30/01/2019

While the £56.5m cash injection this week will go some way in helping councils prepare for the impact of Brexit, Mark Whitehead warns local government will be on the frontline for dealing with worst case scenarios.

Rural councils should get the chance to influence voter ID rollout

24/01/2019

Voter ID pilots due to take place across 11 councils this year will help provide an insight into the best way to ensure the integrity of the voting process in the future, says Paul Shevlin.

Poverty and the digital divide

22/01/2019

Phil Walker explores how councils can help close the digital attainment gap for children living in poverty.

The confusing tale of a councillor, an escort agency and a licencing committee

18/01/2019

Mark Whitehead investigates why a councillor removed from a licensing committee over his connection to an escort agency was not reinstated when cleared of any wrong-doing.

Be the talk of the town (hall)

17/01/2019

The way we talk about councils really matters, says Dr Jonathan Carr-West – and it’s time to speak up for local government and reclaim the powerful origins of the word ‘municipal’.

The growing impact of civic tech

15/01/2019

Mark Cridge explains how civic tech can give councils better outcomes and enhance civic participation for millions of people.

Tough times for creaky outsourcers

11/12/2018

With shares in outsourcer Interserve falling to an all-time low, is another market failure on the cards? Mark Whitehead explores.

Why the Government is right to embrace modular

07/12/2018

David de Sousa explains why the Government is right to embrace a modular future.

Saying sorry goes a long way

04/12/2018

Mark Whitehead calls on councils to make a direct apology to the public when something goes wrong.

A leading question

28/11/2018

Jayson Darby considers the traits of good leaders and the role people assessment tools can play in identifying if someone’s leadership material.

The fragile state of outsourcing

19/11/2018

Mark Whitehead explores why councils are reconsidering their reliance on big private sector companies to provide public services.

The long journey towards rebuilding trust at Kensington and Chelsea RLBC

13/11/2018

The Grenfell tragedy and its aftermath were devastating, says Elizabeth Campbell - and she pledges to listen more closely to local people to ensure they 'have a real stake in what is happening on their own doorsteps and in their own lives'.

Redefining public-private partnerships

09/11/2018

David Mawson explains how an age-old term could conceal a new solution.

Why homes should be digitally fit for purpose

31/10/2018

Evan Wienburg argues that all new houses being built - including social housing ­- must have a future-proof broadband connection built in.

Taking the conflict out of partnerships

30/10/2018

Andrew Savege calls on councils to rethink what partnership means to get the best from PPP.

Hopes emerge as talks resume following Glasgow strike

25/10/2018

Mark Whitehead explores what led thousands of council staff to strike in Glasgow this week.

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Birmingham's winter of discontent

With a series of one-day strikes to go ahead in Birmingham, Mark Whitehead explores what led to this long-running dispute over waste collection.
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Latest issue - Local Goverrnemnt News

The December issue of Local Government News looks at the consequences a council may face if it is unable to provide statutory services, the launch of Liverpool’s housing company and how councils can best manage roles in local authority companies.

It also has a special section on green building and energy efficiency including what funding is available to enable councils to deliver heat networks and how councils can pay for ‘smart buildings’.

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