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There are many ways that members and public sector professionals can stay up to date with the work of Solace, our policy networks and our partners. On this page you can view news bulletins and press releases from the Solace team, and in addition:

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Statement from Martin Reeves, Solace Spokesperson for Local Government Finance, in response to the Spring Statement – 0

“It is very disappointing that today’s Spring Statement does nothing to alleviate the funding crisis facing local services, given the National Audit Office’s warning mere days ago that local government is fast becoming financially unsustainable. Councils have sacrificed more than any other part of the public sector to help the public finances improve but cannot continue to do so without great cost to local residents. 

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Statement from Martin Swales, Solace spokesperson on Economic Prosperity and Housing, in response to Theresa May's housing speech – 0

The Prime Minister’s recent speech tackling supply of affordable housing is warmly welcomed.

Our 2016 survey of Local Authorities identified high land value and build costs, land banking and lack of available finance as some of the main barriers to delivering housing.

 

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Solace and Shared Press are delighted to announce the publication of Holding Up The Mirror, a unique collection of stories about post-truth challenges in public life. – 0

Grant Thonrton

Solace and Shared Press are delighted to announce the publication of Holding up the Mirror , a unique collection of stories about post-truth challenges in public life. The book and video stories includes opinion pieces, first-person narratives and fiction (that’s very close to home) that reflect both the hope and the gritty realities of work in public service. The stories cover topics ranging from: telling truth to power, dealing with the London Bridge terror attack, working with the Trans community, the EU referendum and generating income.

Jo Miller CEX Doncaster Council and Solace President says; “In these strange, post-truth times it feels harder than ever to find the space to think, question and talk to each other about what we do and why we do it. That’s why stories like these are more important than ever. It’s more than about support, learning from each other and sharing our triumphs and challenges; it’s about having space to think. The stories are written by senior managers and the people who will take on our roles in the future, many from our successful Solace Springboard programmes. 

Don’t ever tell me that our sector lacks creativity; innovation, risk taking, vision and purpose leap out of these pages – balanced by the pragmatic realism of the everyday grind. This is us – and these stories contain some of the ideas that will continue to make what we do relevant and even more important than ever over the next few years.” 

Dawn Reeves, author, story facilitator and ex-local government director, initiated the project and co-curated the collection. She says, “Post-truth in this book isn’t just alternative facts and fake news. The stories speak of uncomfortable realities that we don’t talk enough about. It isn’t about appealing to emotion rather than rationality, but it does illuminate how it feels to work in a sector under threat, dogged by doom and gloom narratives and yet relied upon to deal with issues at the heart of public and private life in the UK today. It’s honest, challenging, hopeful and inspiring by turns.”

Including 32 stories from 26 different organisations, the publication was sponsored by Grant Thornton UK LLP. Guy Clifton, head of local government advisory at Grant Thornton, says, “We were delighted to be involved in the Holding up a Mirror project and associated book.  This really resonated with us because we recognise the importance in telling stories; in terms of how people learn, communicate and as a signifier of the culture of an organisation and of a place. Local government has a key role in creating a vision for place and stories told by local leaders can significantly contribute to how successfully this vision is communicated.”

For more details, contact Graeme at graeme.mcdonald@solace.org.uk or Dawn Reeves at dawn@dawnreeves.com.

 

Statement from Jo Miller, SOLACE President, in response to the provisional 2018/19 Local Government Finance Settlement – 0

This is a statement from Jo Miller, President of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers (SOLACE), in response to the provisional 2018/19 Local Government Finance Settlement:

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Statement from Martin Swales, Spokesperson for Economic Prosperity and Housing, in response to the publication of the Industrial Strategy White Paper – 0

This is a statement from Martin Swales, Solace Spokesperson for Economic Prosperity and Housing, in response to the publication of the Industrial Strategy White Paper:

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Statement from Martin Swales, Solace spokesperson on Economic Prosperity and Housing, looking ahead to the Industrial Strategy White Paper – 0

“Solace welcomes the Government’s announcement earlier this week to provide more R&D investment and transport infrastructure, both of which are critical components of supporting economic growth. However, as recent downgrading of productivity estimates show, there is still much to do, not least in reducing the economic disparities we see across the country. 

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Statement from Martin Swales, Solace spokesperson on Economic Prosperity and Housing, on the housing borrowing cap announcement in the 2017 Budget – 0

This is a statement from Martin Swales, Solace Spokesperson for Economic Prosperity and Housing, in response to the announcement in the 2017 Budget on the housing borrowing cap: 

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Statement from Solace President Jo Miller on the 2017 Budget – 0

This is a statement from Jo Miller, President of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers (SOLACE), in response to the 2017 Budget:

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Solace President's Welcome Speech 2017 – 0

Solace President Jo Miller's welcome address to the 2017 Solace Summit (check against delivery)

Last year I stood before you as your newly elected President – and thank you again for putting your faith in me – and gave you a taster of what you could expect from me.

I spoke about the importance of female leadership, about today's leaders bringing on tomorrow's leaders and how I would champion just that.

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Institute of Interim Management (IIM) Survey, 2017 – Results – 0

The Institute of Interim Management annual survey is a key event in the world of interim management providers.  The survey asks senior interim managers and their clients to rate providers, such as Solace in Business – against a series of criteria. Over 2.300 individuals took part in the survey, the full results of which will be available here shortly: https://iim.org.uk/providers-platinum/

This year, for the fourth year running, Solace in Business (SiB) has moved up the rankings, within the top ‘Platinum’ category. Many industry insiders recognise that this has been a difficult year for all interim providers and yet SiB is one of few in its industry cohort to move up. This is a statement from Terry McDougall, SiB Director:

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