Solace Blog

As well as those used in the weekly Solace News email for members, articles and blogs written or contributed to by Solace staff and Board members for external publications including the Guardian, Local Government Chronicle and Municipal Journal are republished for browsing on this page. 

A number of these can be accessed through the Solace Guardian Public Leaders Network Partner Zone.

Setting up a Mentoring Programme – 0

By Jill Penn, Head of Finance and Revenue Services, broadland District Council

As we all are aware, we live in uncertain times. However, we all want to do a good job and develop ourselves at the same time. In such circumstances, how do we support colleagues who may be new to local government? How do we ensure there is equality of opportunity for all?

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A Digital Vision for Scotland – 0

Less than half of local government representatives in Scotland believe the region will achieve its digital vision by 2020.

Latest report from Civica reveals what must be done for Scotland to achieve its vision of becoming a digital nation

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Will Jeremy Hunt's principles for social care reform be a game changer for the sector? – 0

By Stuart Marchant, Partner – Bevan Brittan LLP

In his first significant speech since taking on the dual roles of health and social care, Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt outlined the seven key principles of reform to the adult social care system in England that will form the backbone of a Green Paper to be launched this summer. 

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Election Day draws near – 0

By Mark Heath, Solace spokesperson for Elections and Democratic Renewal 

So as Returning Officer you’ve checked your insurance (and excess), your planning and risk register has been reviewed and discussed endlessly and reflects where you and your elections team actually are, you’ve considered capacity and resilience and satisfied yourself personally you are OK (and have contingency arrangements in place anyway), so what is the last minute stuff you should do? 

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Apprenticeships – the untapped opportunity for local authorities – 0

By Tom Pearce, Talent Solutions Executive, Grant Thornton UK LLP

All local authorities have an interest in supporting local apprenticeship levy payers to use their funds. Close to £3 billion is expected to be paid in the first year alone and recent research shows that two thirds are still not using their funds at all. The main barrier is low awareness. Most people assume your typical 16-18 year old apprentice, in a trade or administrative role, is the only type of apprenticeship available. The reality is broader; apprenticeships are simply structured vocational training programmes on an approved apprenticeship scheme and can include a range of qualifications from lower level to degree and professional qualifications.

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Culture change – the toughest nut to crack – 0

By Rob Walsh, Chief Executive North East Lincolnshire Council and Clinical Commissioning Group

We’re in the people business, the change business, the leadership business, the relationship business. It’s no longer about organisation, it’s about place, the whole system, partnership , pooling resources, integration, breaking down silos; it’s about the influence and focus we can bring to bear to enable our local economies to grow and to support the growth in the resilience and independence of the communities we serve. It’s about doing a lot more with a lot less across the public sector spectrum. In other words it’s about culture change.

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From the DCN Conference: “Better Lives – Stronger Economies” – 0

By Ian Miller, Chief Executive of Wyre Forest District Council

The second annual DCN Conference was held on 8-9 February near Kenilworth and proved again how popular it was – 200 attending, including 170 councillors and senior officers (most of them leaders or deputy leaders and chief executives). Indeed the feedback was so positive that the event has already been confirmed for next year, provisionally on 7-8 February 2019: put the date in your diaries!

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International Women's Day: Reflecting on women's leadership – 0

By Jessica Crowe, Assistant Director of Customers, Commissioning and Governance, London Burough of Sutton

International Women’s Day is always a good day to reflect on women’s leadership. On IWD 2018, coming amidst the heightened awareness of the continuing blight of sexual harassment and discrimination generated by #MeToo and #TimesUp, it feels particularly pertinent.

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International Women's Day: personal reflections – 0

A blog by Hannah Bartram, Chief Operating Officer, ADEPT 

”Women don't need to find a voice: they have a voice. They need to feel empowered to use it and people need to be encouraged to listen.”

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New models for housing delivery – 0

A guest blog by Neil Euesden, Group Director of Operations, Pinnacle Group

It is clear that the supply of new homes is one of the top agenda items for both Central and Local Government and that we need major changes to our ambitions to achieve the accelerated growth necessary. 

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