Analysis

  • An 'outstanding' example for children's services

    A county in the north of England provides a shining example of how to run children's care services, writes Mark Whitehead.

    An 'outstanding' example for children's services
  • Should councils embrace 'disruptive innovation'?

    Mark Whitehead considers if local authorities should appoint 'public entrepreneurs' to help drive forward innovation in the sector.

    Should councils embrace 'disruptive innovation'?
  • Rethinking safety

    The publication of the Building a Safer report provides an opportunity for the construction industry to consider how we can best move forward across a diverse range of areas to ensure effective fire safety in the future.

    Rethinking safety
  • Staff churn in local government - an unsustainable reality

    Garry Nelson explains how councils can improve effective talent acquisition, retention and development programmes.

    Staff churn in local government - an unsustainable reality
  • In-house mediation service at Suffolk

    Sally Marlow and Helen Muddock look at how Suffolk County Council created a 'mediation culture' to deal with staff complaints.

    In-house mediation service at Suffolk
  • Pest awareness in local government

    Dee Ward-Thompson outlines some of the main issues facing councils in pest control, and gives insight into a pioneering scheme from one local authority.

    Pest awareness in local government
  • Taking a new approach to apprenticeships

    Cornwall Council explains how it has re-evaluated its approach to apprenticeships, setting an ambitious target of 500 by 2021.

    Taking a new approach to apprenticeships
  • Nowhere to play?

    New research from the Association of Play Industries has revealed the scale of decline in playgrounds across England. LGN finds out more.

    Nowhere to play?
  • NPPF: Where now for planning?

    Sam Dewar, who believes planning has become too impersonal and systematic, considers what’s likely to be included in changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

    NPPF: Where now for planning?
  • Smart city tech for local challenges?

    How do local authorities take advantage of ‘smart-city’ technology in an affordable and realistic way? Miguel Lira and Amy Barker investigate.

    Smart city tech for local challenges?
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