Stop partnering, start doing Ian Parry, Deputy Leader, Staffordshire Council, March 16, 2017

Most councils indulge in partnerships, but how many actually achieve what they were set up to do? As a county council, our oldest partnership is with our unitary city and our 8 districts and boroughs, both separately and collectively. We all aim to get better at being more joined up and share information or try […]

Stop partnering, start doing
trust, politics and social care in an age of fake news Alex Fox OBE, March 15, 2017

I know someone who’s renowned for his scepticism. The only problem is, he’s now so sceptical that he doesn’t feel able to trust anything. People who post videos on YouTube seem to have as much, or little, credibility as professional journalists. After all, journalists can succumb to group think. And who’s paying them, anyway? The […]

trust, politics and social care in an age of fake news
Achieving gender equality ‘is not the responsibility of women alone’ Claire Porter, The Planner , March 14, 2017

“Too many areas of policy covered by local government are male dominated – infrastructure, highways, planning… the most important thing is to put women in positions of responsibility in those areas, leading by example, reflecting the needs of their communities, and making a difference.” These striking words from Councillor Judith Blake summarise what we know […]

Achieving gender equality ‘is not the responsibility of women alone’
“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.