Headlines: 16 January, 2017

Research published today by the National Federation of ALMOs (NFA) and the Association for Retained Council Housing (ARCH) charts the impact of Universal Credit on the rent arrears of households living in council owned homes. More than two years into the programme to transform the payment of six major benefits the new arrangements continue to […]


Headlines: 10 January, 2017

A new public sector co-funding and collaboration platform has been launched by five local authorities to deliver a new approach to customer service content management. The project has developed the new approach based on crowdsourcing knowledge from specialists across local authorities, and sharing what is common to all. Writing and maintaining content on websites is […]

Feature: 13 January, 2017

Neo Technology’s Emil Eifrem looks at how we’ll need to harness Internet of Things (IoT) technology to make cities more manageable. Our cities are much larger and more complex than their Industrial Revolution era forebears. Ageing infrastructure, pollution, traffic congestion and crime have come in their wake – challenges city leaders see smart cities as […]

Abstract: 21 December, 2016

A Select Parliamentary Committee has challenged the effectiveness of the Troubled Families programme and criticised the Communities Department for its handling of the evaluation report. The programme, launched in 2012, aimed to improve the way public services responded to need by focusing on the family as a unit and through overcoming the siloed organisational structure […]

Review: 5 October, 2016

The author, Chris Lewis, explains how to reclaim your creativity in a hyper-connected work culture. He explores how, despite being busier and more connected than ever at work, creativity is becoming more elusive and proposes innovative solutions to help you reclaim the creative process and generate better ideas. Our lives are getting faster and faster. […]

Review: 3 October, 2016

This book by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner offers a framework to help individuals at all levels, functions and backgrounds, to take charge of their own leadership development. The authors argue that the best leaders are the best learners. Leadership is a set of abilities and like any other skill set it can […]

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