Opinion

How key is procurement for reaching climate targets in local government?

02/08/2021

After hosting a first-of-its-kind event, Net Zero Week, Gavin Rimmington shares insight into why procurement is key for enabling the public sector to reach climate targets.

How can local government harness the hybrid working opportunity?

28/07/2021

Gareth Johns explores how the hybrid workplace can help councils drive down costs and improve working processes.

Children's social care review reveals system in urgent need of reform

23/07/2021

Jo Porter outlines how local authorities can maximise the chance of identifying the families that need assistance and provide the necessary support.

Local councils need more help to support disabled residents

20/07/2021

Martin Usher explains why local councils need greater financial and care support disabled people in their communities.

An energy market reform that would help local communities and the planet

19/07/2021

Steve Shaw explains why community energy is a tried-and-tested means of engaging people in the energy system.

Smart data can support local authorities in the rollout of electric vehicle charge points

15/07/2021

Predictive analytics based on real-time data is crucial to enabling local governments to meet their climate targets, argues Geoff McGrath.

Procurement and the challenges of decarbonising local government fleets

12/07/2021

Gavin Rimmington offers insight into the important role of procurement to decarbonising local government fleets, and the most efficient ways to enable large-scale transitioning.

Workers and communities deserve better than poverty pay and degraded services

08/07/2021

Steve Turner, who is standing to become the next general secretary of Unite the Union, pledges to end the outsourcing of council services and campaign for better pay.

Delivering safe events in the wake of the pandemic

05/07/2021

LocalGov caught up with Sunbelt Rentals who provided a wide range of equipment and products to the Sefton Park Pilot music festival.

IoT technology: Benefitting local authorities and councils

02/07/2021

Nick Sacke outlines some of the primary challenges being faced by local authorities and how technology can help.

A diverse approach to tackling vaccine hesitancy

01/07/2021

Cllr Khtija Malik outlines Luton’s multi-layered approach to tackling vaccine hesitancy within some communities, and says more help is needed from the Government to help the town bounce back from the ravages of the pandemic.

High streets: The heartbeats of our towns

28/06/2021

Tim Byles explores why a successful high street today may look a lot like the high street of the 1920s.

We must seize the opportunity to accelerate a circular economy

25/06/2021

Victoria Lawson argues that moving to a circular economy could tackle the climate crisis, shorten supply chains, support new green jobs and encourage more connected and resilient communities.

A new deal for workers in local government

24/06/2021

Sharon Graham, who is standing to become the next general secretary of Unite the Union, sets out her priorities for local government workers.

Helping councils create greener construction sites

23/06/2021

Dave Luscombe explains how local authorities can help to deliver a cleaner construction environment, with ECV (Emissions Compliance Verification) for construction machinery.

Will First Homes address local need?

22/06/2021

As a new form of affordable housing, First Homes, is set to come into effect from 28 June 2021, Matt Hare considers how will it impact on future development.

Slow and steady wins the (cloud migration) race

16/06/2021

Sascha Giese? argues that when it comes to cloud migration, local authorities would be wise to opt for a more strategic route and take their time.

Working in partnership to get more people with disabilities and complex needs into employment

14/06/2021

Cllr Lorraine Dean explains how a pilot partnership project with housebuilder and contractor, Durkan, has created a blueprint for supporting more people with disabilities and complex needs into employment.

Public services to public communication

11/06/2021

Paul Johnston and Leyla Delcorde explain why the pandemic has led to a new era of engaging citizens.

Supporting young victims of domestic abuse

10/06/2021

Steph Waddell says it’s time for a serious long-term commitment from government to improve understanding of what works in supporting children affected by domestic abuse.

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