Opinion

A tale from Shakespeare Country – comedy or tragedy?

11/11/2019

Goings on in deepest Warwickshire suggest a hinterland of a dark and oppressive culture of sexism, says Mark Whitehead

Retail, High Streets and Business Rates

07/11/2019

John Orchard argues the time has come to ignore the hyperbole surrounding business rates.

Tackling race inequality

06/11/2019

As Bristol approaches the first anniversary of its Equality Charter, Cllr Asher Craig says the city has forged ahead with initiatives to begin delivering real change to BAME communities.

All politics is local - and policymaking should be too

05/11/2019

Nadine Smith explains how local governments can achieve real public impact by building relationships based on trust and engaging with citizens to solve some of the complex challenges of local governance.

Helping young migrants settle in the UK

04/11/2019

Amy Spiller explains how young people from migrant backgrounds are inspiring newcomers to the UK.

Don’t push us off the precipice

01/11/2019

The sudden increase in the PWLB lending rate has the potential to cripple local authorities’ ability to deliver affordable homes, explains Cllr Sharon Taylor.

Transforming citizen services with a front-to-back end digital platform

25/10/2019

Always put the customers’ needs at the heart of the journey to obtain true transformation, says Caroline Croft.

Supporting community members in vulnerable circumstances

24/10/2019

Matthew Drage outlines how councils can ensure they best identify and communicate with the most vulnerable members of their communities.

Smart Cities: The critical importance of private sector finance

22/10/2019

Gary Thompson explains why investing in smart cities will require smart finance to overcome tightening public budgets.

Navigating borrowing options

21/10/2019

Local authorities need to be brave and hold out for lower interest rates following the PWLB rate rise, argues Christian Wall.

Blue Badge: Achieving a citizen-first approach

18/10/2019

Paul Tomlinson explains how councils can balance the lack of standardisation with the Blue Badge service with their need for flexibility in designing and processing applications.

Mending a shattered society

17/10/2019

Local government must be the glue that mends the broken bonds of our communities, writes Donna Hall.

No homeless veterans

14/10/2019

Ed Tytherleigh calls on every single council to identify and refer veterans to appropriate services to ensure there are no homeless veterans.

How local authorities can boost adoption matches

11/10/2019

Sally Beaumont explains how local authorities can boost their adoption matches with Adoption Activity Days.

A targeted approach to tackle homelessness

10/10/2019

The Government's objective of ending homelessness by 2027 can be achieved through a more targeted and long-term approach, experts told Mark Whitehead.

Pledging to make air pollution a national priority

09/10/2019

Cllr Julian Bell explains how the capital's local government is leading the way by raising awareness of air pollution, and tackling it with innovative projects.

Ensuring the best debt collection journey

02/10/2019

Andy Briscoe explains how councils can use data and analytics more effectively to improve the way they collect debt.

Queen's speech: Time to 'reignite the devolution process'?

01/10/2019

The Local Government Association wants more power devolved to local councils, but there's a big question mark at the heart of the policy, says Mark Whitehead

A vision for transparency

30/09/2019

How can technology-enabled integration and data sharing deliver better outcomes for London’s young people? Dave Pether reports.

Facing up the future?

27/09/2019

Sue Chadwick urges local authorities to think hard before using Automatic Facial Recognition technology on publicly owned land and buildings.

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