Analysis

Time for a council tax precept to fund CCTV

14/04/2021

The crisis in funding for CCTV systems is not being addressed by the government or the police and is leading to the curtailment of this vital service in local authorities across the country. How can we ensure that communities that want this service continue to receive it, asks Tom Reeve.

Navigating the new National Bus Strategy

09/04/2021

Bus Users explains what responsibilities local authorities will have for community engagement under the new National Bus Strategy.

It’s time for councils to get serious about play

06/04/2021

Naomi Danquah explains how Redbridge and Cardiff Councils are using the pandemic to reimagine outdoor play.

Data transparency in local government: Where next after the pandemic?

29/03/2021

With the vaccine rollout and light at the end of the COVID tunnel, can local authorities revert their data strategies to pre-pandemic days?

Planning for climate power

25/03/2021

A new report from APSE Energy looks at the practical ways in which the power of planning can be harnessed to embed climate change ambitions, say Phil Brennan and Paul O’Brien.

Getting the data right: seamless data migration for councils

24/03/2021

Tony Armitage outlines the most important elements for councils to consider when undertaking a data migration.

Private outdoor space for public housing: how much is enough?

23/03/2021

Recommendations for private outdoor space standards for public housing could help local authorities optimise those benefits for residents. Paul Miller reports.

Why innovation and collaboration are key to the next generation of parking

19/03/2021

Hannah Fuller calls on councils to take a multi-vendor approach to touchless parking.

A toolkit for good governance

11/03/2021

Launched this week, a new framework for examining complex local governance challenges focused on behaviours and culture provides a ‘common language’ to talk about risk, says Lord Bob Kerslake.

Why data must unite UK Infrastructure Bank and Levelling Up Fund

08/03/2021

Dr Nicola M Headlam explains why a data-led approach is absolutely vital for local government to avoid spending billions on white elephants.

The future of design guides and codes

05/03/2021

Jane Dann explains how the proposed National Planning Policy Framework and National Model Design Code changes will impact on future design codes.

The future of rental in local government

03/03/2021

LocalGov found out how the regional and local COVID-19 testing centres were able to be built in just 12 hours.

How the proposed Government leasehold reforms will impact councils and leaseholders

02/03/2021

Nicholas Mordin explains what the proposed reforms to the leasehold property market will have on local government.

A changing role for councils in tackling domestic abuse

01/03/2021

Harriet Donovan argues that councils will play a key role in supporting victims of abuse if the Domestic Abuse Bill passes.

Beware the agent of change

26/02/2021

Tom Cosgrove explains what planning decisions should be made to avoid significant adverse impacts from noise.

Social value going upstream

26/02/2021

Approaching a decade on since the Social Value Act 2012, there has never been a better time for social value to become more than something considered alongside procurement, argues Tim Pope.

How to reduce spending on temporary staff and boost employee engagement

25/02/2021

Scott Erwin calls on councils to adopt a ‘dynamic staffing’ model to combine the use of agency staff with more stable budgeting.

Why green will be the next tick box for procurement

23/02/2021

Richard Lilwall explains how AI can be used to help councils develop their green fleet strategies.

The problem with polls

18/02/2021

Local government has finally learned that two years’ worth of elections will take place on ‘Super Thursday’ 6 May, with a ‘high bar’ for any delay. Martin Ford talks to the sector about the challenges ahead.

The role of ventilation in stopping the spread of COVID-19

16/02/2021

With the new coronavirus variant making the virus more transmissible than ever, it is critical workplaces maintain good levels of ventilation to help reduce the risk of airborne transmission says Hywel Davies.

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