Analysis

A more holistic approach to tackling flood risk

21/11/2019

The only way to mitigate against flooding effectively is to understand how the whole, complex system works – not by making rules one development at a time, as Nick Fraser explains.

The fight against toxic air

18/11/2019

Michael Lewis outlines how local authorities are leading the way in clearing the air.

Redefining what good looks like

15/11/2019

Impower’s annual top 10 list is a celebration of strong council performance, and as Jon Ainger explains, many local authorities have stepped up to the challenge.

Revaluating financing options

11/11/2019

Caroline Daves considers if leasing be part of the solution for councils and schools as the PWLB interest rate rises.

Policy action to secure the future health of young people

08/11/2019

We need to invest across housing, employment and transport to secure the health prospects of the next generation, argues Martina Kane.

'It should’ve been a place of safety'

07/11/2019

Beth Mooney and Grace Ablett examine the extent of child sexual abuse in children’s homes and residential care.

Best practice in resident ballots

06/11/2019

Residents on the South Kilburn Estate overwhelmingly voted in favour of council plans to regenerate their neighbourhood in October 2019. Brent’s strategic director for regeneration and environment Amar Dave shares the lessons learned for other landlords holding resident ballots.

Preventing and tackling abuse of councillors

05/11/2019

Clare Hardy explores how parish councils and local authorities can tackle and prevent the abuse of councillors.

Getting creative to avoid voting problems

04/11/2019

The forthcoming general election comes at a busy time of year amid warnings of serious strains on the voting system. But the worries may be exaggerated, Mark Whitehead learned.

Social alarms: time’s running out for local authorities to go digital

01/11/2019

Wendy Darling warns around 900,000 telecare users in the UK could be affected as telephone providers will stop installing landlines after 2020.

Restoring the glory days of the British seaside

29/10/2019

The traditional seaside resort is having a hard time, new figures on bankruptcies show. But experts say a combination of support and greater freedom could turn them around, as Mark Whitehead found out.

Five things to consider when declaring a climate emergency

28/10/2019

Alex Massie outlines five issues that local authorities should not forget when preparing climate emergency strategies.

The perils of being a parish councillor

25/10/2019

A mass walk-out at a parish council may be a good example of local democracy at work, says Mark Whitehead

Victims in the line of fire

24/10/2019

Local government monitoring officers are increasingly being caught in power struggles between senior officers and are becoming targets for politicians. How should the problem be tackled? Martin Ford reports

How accurate is the annual rough sleeping count?

21/10/2019

With some councils changing from estimating the number of homeless people on the streets to actually counting them, do recent figures genuinely reflect the success of the government's rough sleeping initiative? Neil Merrick investigates.

Supporting evidence-based policymaking

17/10/2019

Andrew Carter explains how new guidance will help councils decide what services should be prioritised in the wake of swinging cuts.

Shining the spotlight on local council whistleblowing

14/10/2019

Andy Shettle outlines how councils can create working environments where staff feel able to speak out about concerns surrounding misconduct.

Stockton’s reinvention of the high street

11/10/2019

A town in the North East with a proud industrial heritage is steaming forward into the 21st century with a bold and highly successful regeneration initiative.

Creating a real change

10/10/2019

How can local authorities harness the power of alternative giving to provide more funds for tackling homelessness? Ketan Patel reports.

The safety of data on councillors’ personal devices

08/10/2019

Following the publication of the ICO data protection toolkit for local councils, Liz Page looks in detail at one of the issues highlighted: the use of councillor’s own devices being used for council work purposes.

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