Topic: HR, workforce and communications

Developing and sustaining effective organisations



South Tyneside Council’s comprehensive approach to combatting modern slavery

Councils – as service provider, commissioner and community leader – have a range of roles to help eradicate modern slavery. South Tyneside’s Modern Slavery Strategy has identified opportunities to leverage its resources, powers and influence to work with partners to tackle this insidious crime.

Australia, England & Wales, Ireland, Scotland Briefing With case study

Local government leadership – how diverse is it really?

How wide is the leadership gulf in the public sector? The Local Government Leadership report maps the gender and ethnocultural diversity of senior people in local authority organisations. Levels of ethno-cultural diversity are low. The position is better in terms of gender although it is still not good enough.

England & Wales Briefing

Launch of the IFS Inequality Review (the Deaton Review)

The Deaton review will investigate the causes and consequences of different forms of inequalities, and the ways that they can be reduced or mitigated; covering not only trends in economic inequalities, but also health inequalities and geographical inequalities, and inequalities by gender and ethnicity, among many other aspects.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

Bringing the Global Coworking Movement to Local Communities

Coworking is an up-and-coming phenomenon, but what can it do for local communities? Cleo Goodman, Business Development and Impact at The Melting Pot, writes about the positive impacts it can have.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Blog Post Blog

Swift Read: communicating difficult decisions

This briefing looks at what can be done to better convey difficult messages regarding budgets and service changes. It will be of interest to councillors and officers involved in budget setting, finance, community engagement and communications.

Scotland Briefing

21st Century Working: meeting the challenges of a changing workplace

Millennials are set to make up 50% of the UK’s workforce by 2020 with Generation Z following close behind. This briefing explores these changes and looks at the ways in which local authorities can adapt in order to attract and retain younger talent.

England & Wales, Ireland, Scotland Briefing

Swift Read: Removing barriers for the seldom heard

This Swift Read looks at how local authorities can include as wide a range of people as possible in engagement and consultation. It will be of interest to officers and elected members with an interest in community engagement and empowerment.

Global, Ireland, Scotland Briefing

Viewpoint: Our year with the robot

Cllr Liaquat Ali MBE from LGiU member Waltham Forest Council reviews the difference that a specially designed chatbot has made to how the council responds to residents neighbourhood concerns.

England & Wales Blog Post Blog

Is the NHS about to grind to a halt because of lack of staff?

The King’s Fund, in “Closing the gap: Key areas for action on the health and care workforce”, state that workforce shortages are already having a direct impact on patient care and staff experience and urgent action is now required to avoid a vicious cycle of growing shortages and declining quality.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

Keeping your reputation

Managing bad news is now a core skill for those involved in communication and corporate offices on behalf of local government. This briefing discusses some of the causes of reputational damage and identifies approaches that senior officers might wish to consider.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing