“Cities are designed by men, for men”: why local government needs more female leadership Claire Porter, Citymetric, March 10, 2017

Cities are largely designed by men, and for men. There is nothing unusual in this – we instinctively design, plan and make policy that reflects our own experiences and biases. However, this has led to places that don’t work as well for women as they should. This has safety implications: clearly anyone who de-prioritises the […]

“Cities are designed by men, for men”: why local government needs more female leadership
Budget reaction: Short term fixes or long term solutions? Jessica Studdert, Deputy Director, March 8, 2017

The Chancellor’s first Budget, and the first following the UK’s decision to leave the EU, needed to shore up the domestic economy, particularly against structural challenges of weak productivity and our ageing population. So how do the announcements affect local government? The increasingly fraught issue of business rates as revaluation kicks in next month was […]

Budget reaction: Short term fixes or long term solutions?
We must maintain pressure for gender equality Claire Porter, LGC, March 8, 2017

It is true that instead of being a hierarchical old boys’ club in the same way as many industries, local government has become significantly more open and approachable, reducing hierarchy and making a greater effort to reflect the community it serves. For International Women’s Day this year, the New Local Government Network created a series […]

We must maintain pressure for gender equality
Robots may not be ready to run a council, but they’re already helping John Wybrant, Key Account Director, Public Sector, at business process outsourcing partner Arvato, February 28, 2017

Disruptive, cognitive technology will be a major driver of change in our economy over the next decade, as Artificial Intelligence becomes more accessible to UK organisations, very quickly. This has wide-ranging ramifications for the productivity of the UK workforce and it would be naïve to think that the public sector will not share in the […]

Robots may not be ready to run a council, but they’re already helping
This complacent Financial Settlement for Local Government comes with huge ethical and political risks. Adam Lent, Director, NLGN, February 22, 2017

Yesterday’s NLGN Annual Conference came with a painful sting in the tail. The day was dominated by talk of creativity and collaboration – bursting with ideas about how technology, new approaches to the workforce, co-operation between public sector agencies and commercialisation are transforming service delivery. Anyone who knows what is really going on in local […]

This complacent Financial Settlement for Local Government comes with huge ethical and political risks.
Annual Conference 2017: Adam Lent’s introductory speech on driving change Adam Lent, Director, NLGN, February 21, 2017

Firstly, I would like to thank the City of London Corporation for hosting our conference in the fantastic surroundings of the Guildhall. I also want to offer very special thanks to Norse and the Municipal Journal for partnering on the event and making it possible. And finally, welcome to all of you. I have only […]

Annual Conference 2017: Adam Lent’s introductory speech on driving change
Place-based health: Making it happen Mike Adamson, Chief Executive, British Red Cross , February 14, 2017

Few would deny the need for change, or even what needs to happen to improve our care system. From reaction to prevention, services to systems and institutions, to people and place, the theory is there. But how do we put this into practice? The answer is not simple. Our needs are complex and so are […]

Place-based health: Making it happen
Leadership is still missing to implement housing change Claire Porter, in 24 Housing, February 10, 2017

If solving the housing crisis was a simple case of fixing legislation or introducing incentives for builders, the housing crisis would have been fixed ages ago, or never reached this magnitude at all.

Leadership is still missing to implement housing change