Opinion

Harnessing the power of innovation to ensure that nobody is left behind

12/04/2021

Paul Duan explains how a new online coach is helping to make training and careers advice more targeted and accessible.

Good luck Liverpool

08/04/2021

Intervention can be the best thing that happens to a council, ‘and can serve only to define the past not the future’, says Jo Miller. But the cause of the failure must be recognised and the right series of actions taken, she believes.

Unlocking the potential of the Oxford-Cambridge Arc

07/04/2021

Alex Robinson argues communities and the environment must be central to the Oxford-Cambridge Arc strategy to get local buy-in.

A singular opportunity for the social care workforce

01/04/2021

Better pay is crucial to stopping workforce ‘churn’, says Stephen Chandler, vice-president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS).

Councils must strengthen the safety net to aid recovery

30/03/2021

Toby North of The Children’s Society argues that councils should be providing a safety net for struggling residents through Local Welfare Assistance Schemes.

The importance of sustainable waste management strategies for the UK's local authorities

26/03/2021

Peter Vernon sustainable waste management strategies in the context of wheelie-bin procurement and improved recycling rates.

COVID-19: Is local government the 'forgotten partner' of the pandemic?

23/03/2021

As part of our survey into the impact this past year has had on council staff, we asked readers for their comments. Many were angry that the role local government has played in the pandemic has not always been appreciated by Government or the general public.

Rebuilding the patient care backlog with digital

22/03/2021

Dr Simon Bourne argues that councils can empower residents to benefit from care remotely and create a better outlook for communities by putting digital infrastructure in place.

One year on, councils will be central to recovery

18/03/2021

After an extraordinary year, council staff are exhausted, worn down and facing further cuts, says Heather Jameson. But she has no doubt they will continue to rise to the challenge 'whether it is in an office, at home or on a laptop anywhere'.

How better data management can help put councils back in the black

12/03/2021

An-Chan Phung presents seven fundamental areas where local authorities are using better data management to drive savings and efficiencies.

How technology can help transform person-centred care

10/03/2021

Jason Harries explains why technology is the obvious choice for keeping people connected and enabling the best possible outcomes for each individual.

Why economic growth models must underpin effective HE collaboration

09/03/2021

Jonathan Guest explores how economic development professionals can work effectively with Higher Education Institutions to drive growth.

Transforming the jobs outlook for young people in Essex

04/03/2021

Nicole Wood outlines how Essex CC has committed to creating 1000 new entry level jobs for young people, of all abilities, within 12 months, using an ambitious three pronged approach.

Digitisation needs to be about evolution, not transformation

02/03/2021

Glen Ocsko calls on local authorities to take a ‘digital evolution’ approach to technology, staff and employment.

Maintaining effective local authority messaging as the national lockdown lifts

02/03/2021

Will Hoare gives his three top tips on how local authorities can maintain effective communication as the roadmap out of lockdown begins.

Forget smart cities, smart, programmable communities are the future

01/03/2021

Rob Bullock argues that in order for smart communities to become a reality then local government needs to become citizen centric and create people-based outcomes.

A chance to speak as one

25/02/2021

Community power is gaining momentum across the public sector, says Adam Lent. In advance of New Local’s ‘Stronger Things’ event in March, he outlines why it’s time to build a united voice for change.

The next generation of citizens: delivering online services effectively

24/02/2021

John McMahon explains how local authorities can adapt to meet the needs of Gen Z.

Embracing the civic tech movement

22/02/2021

Lora Botev explains why ‘civic tech’ offers an opportunity for councils to re-engage communities in local decision making.

How to support employee wellbeing within local authorities

19/02/2021

Grainne Elliott outlines the four wellbeing needs of local authority employees.

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