Councils are changing. Prompted by the funding cuts of the last decade, they have had to transform. No longer just seen as service deliverers, they are becoming collaborators, place leaders, commissioning councils, commercial councils and cooperative councils. But ambitious transformation plans can only be achieved through a workforce with the capabilities to make them a […]
Homelessness receives a lot of media and policy attention this time of year, as the effects of sleeping rough are all too apparent. As it gets colder, and floods and snow are frequent, councils will be working hard with key partners to provide emergency assistance to ensure homeless people survive the winter (under ‘severe weather […]
It’s a chilly January day, and the government has just broken with its previous laissez-faire approach and announced a bold, interventionist plan to boost the UK’s economy at a time of great uncertainty. But instead of it being Theresa May and Greg Clarke doing the speeches and media interviews, it was Gordon Brown and Peter […]
Local government officials and to a degree local politicians are often praised for their realism. For example, in the light of sustained spending cuts local government since 2010 local government it is claimed has kept things going. Its key figures have been prepared to see things as they are, take the tough decisions, and well, […]
Having announced the fact of the Industrial Strategy almost as soon as she assumed office, this week we finally got the first proper detail of the centrepiece of the May Government’s domestic economic strategy. That the devo-ally Greg Clark was convening it was a promising sign that we would see something more nuanced than the […]
Councils are changing. No longer just seen as service deliverers, they are collaborators and place leaders, commissioning councils, commercial councils and co-operative councils. But while the purpose and priorities of a local authority have transformed, the structure of councils, the skills of the workforce and work practices have been slower to catch up. The workforce […]
Our new report, Outside the Box: The Council Workforce of Tomorrow was launched on 8th December 2016 and looks at how councils can recruit and retain the workforce they need. It’s not easy working in local government today. The tangible rewards aren’t obvious: job security has gone as councils suffer some of the highest cuts […]
The year of 2016 saw many seismic changes, but ministers’ approach to local government finance has remained the same. This has increased the risk that town hall’s two main revenue streams – council tax and business rates – will be frozen in time.