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.

Call to Action: National Democracy Week – 0

Margaret Waggot, Assistant Director of Administration, Democratic and Electoral Services, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

The inaugural National Democracy Week (NDW) is fast approaching and will bring together organisations from across the public, private and charity sectors for a week of unified national action.  At a time of decreasing civic participation and a perceived lack of interest amongst some groups, it is a timely effort to increase democratic participation.

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Linking employment services to social care- why not? – 0

by Alima Qureshi- Head of Spot Check and Data at MHCLG

Recently, I've returned from a visit to Copenhagern which was part of the module on the Solace Total leadership Programme. This was a great opportunity for reflections on the way local leadership happens in a different system. Since my retunr I have been considering what elements and approaches might have an impact on my current and future work.

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Wellbeing in the Green Book – 0

By Paul Najsarek, Solace lead spokesperson for wellbeing and chief executive of London Borough of Ealing

For the first time in 15 years, the Government has updated the guidance for how to appraise and evaluate policies, projects and programmes. It may not have made the headlines but this change to the Treasury’s Green Book is a win for those keen to put wellbeing at the heart of everything we do.

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The Problem with Overview and Scrutiny – 0

Ed Hammond, Director at the Centre for Public Scrutiny

I don’t need to remind anyone reading this blog about the huge changes currently affecting the sector in which we all work. We appear at the moment to be working in a landscape which pushes us towards innovation while simultaneously pulling us away. The scandal around the collapse of Carillion highlights the dangers and risks around outsourcing. The emerging operational lessons from Grenfell, about the way that we manage long contractual chains, are becoming apparent. At the same time, we have to start and continue to do things very differently in order to manage what is an exceptionally uncertain future funding situation.

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A message about European Parliamentary Elections – 0

Following the EU Referendum, the UK will cease to be a member of the European Union on 29th March 2019.  At that point, we will no longer sit at the European Council table or in the Council of Ministers, and we will no longer have Members of the European Parliament. We will therefore not be taking part in the European Parliamentary elections in 2019 which are currently scheduled to be held from 23rd to 26th May 2019.

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Adult Social Care: Five ways to apply the Chief Executive Factor – 0

By Alex Khaldi, Head of Adult Social Care Insights, Grant Thornton UK LLP

As we anticipate an Adult Social Care Green Paper, Alex Khaldi, who has joined Grant Thornton recently to lead Social Care Insights, has some advice for Chief Executives as well as a link to new propositions.


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Shadowing Ali Griffin – 0

By Ivana Dimitrova, Consultant, Grant Thornton UK LLP

As a SOLACE business partner, Grant Thornton has the privilege of nominating a member of the firm to shadow a Chief Executive for a day. 

Ali Griffin – the Chief Executive of Southend-on-Sea Council - not only kindly accepted the invitation but showed an incredible commitment to ensuring that shadowing is aligned with my learning goals. She encouraged feedback, reflection and a questioning mind.

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How can we transform local communities and public services in support of the One Public Estate agenda? – 0

Dave Sheridan, Divisional CEO of ENGIE UK, explains why the public is at the heart of the OPE 

A home isn’t merely a roof over your head – it should sit within a place where people thrive, with access to an education, career opportunities, health care and other support services. At the heart of every community are local people, working hard together to get the best out of their local environment. Local people best understand local needs; underpinning the importance of local government.


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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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