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Wednesday, 13 October
LEVELLING UP ISN’T JUST ABOUT MONEY. IT’S ABOUT GROWTH, REFORM, AND TRUST.
Two years ago, with two words, Boris Johnson set the ultimate challenge for everyone who is working in public services. The freshly-elected Prime Minister’s promise to voters who felt left behind that his party would respond by ‘levelling up’ has sparked countless debates and column inches about what that means and how to do it.
All eyes now are on the new communities secretary Michael Gove, who publishes a white paper on the subject in the coming weeks that will set out his plans. In his recent speech to the Conservative Party conference, Gove said that levelling up meant four things: Strengthening local leadership, raising living standards, improving public services and giving people the resources they need to enhance the pride they felt in the place they live.
However, with Chancellor Rishi Sunak reported this week to be planning cuts of £2 billion for departments including local government and education, even while planning to lift the UK’s tax burden to the highest sustained level in peacetime, the discussion around ‘levelling up’ has quickly turned again to one that focuses on where to cut and where to splurge in a continuation of the give-it-and-take-it-away equation that has dogged our approach to national investment for so long.
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Wednesday, September 22
BUILDING A MOVEMENT FOR BETTER: IT’S TIME TO MAKE POST-COVID DREAMS A REALITY
Starting work in the aftershocks of a major world event is both the hardest and the most necessary work of all if you are driven by a desire to create and deliver better ways of living.
We set up our business when the true impact of the financial crisis was just starting to be understood, and austerity measures taking grip. We set up as strategic advisors to the public sector at a time when it became clear that public sector money was drying up and delivering good outcomes would require creativity and collaboration.
Now, with the lessons of a decade under our belts, we are gearing up to respond to the challenges of the Covid era. Where familiar elements like squeezed budgets and strain on local government leaders combine with a radically new world ravaged by a pandemic that has exposed both deep inequalities and inadequacies in the public response.
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Tuesday, September 21
BARKING AND DAGENHAM COUNCIL CHIEF MOVES TO PUBLIC SERVICE CONSULTANCY INNER CIRCLE
Barking and Dagenham Chief Executive Chris Naylor is moving to Inner Circle Consulting after nearly seven years at the helm of the London borough, to focus on “reimagining public services and connecting them fully to the people who need them.”
Naylor, Municipal Journal’s Chief Executive of the Year in 2020, will take up position in January 2022 as Director at Inner Circle, which is currently leading a range of projects in partnership with councils, public services and communities across the UK.
He said: “The pandemic has shown that we need to find answers to big problems, and we need them to work for everyone, for years to come. For the most vulnerable people, what we do next is the difference between barely getting by, and flourishing.”
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LOCAL GOVERNMENT CHRONICLE: NAYLOR TO LEAVE BARKING & DAGENHAM
Barking & Dagenham LBC chief executive Chris Naylor – one of the most prominent chief executives in local government – has announced he is moving to the private sector.
Mr Naylor will in January move to become director of the public service consultancy Inner Circle after nearly seven years in the east London council’s top officer role.
He is understood to be keen to work with as many councils as possible on rethinking their services, in line with how Barking & Dagenham has sought to adopt a more preventative and proactive stance on service provision.
THE MJ: NAYLOR QUITS COUNCIL FOR CONSULTANCY JOB
Barking and Dagenham LBC chief executive Chris Naylor has announced he will step down after seven years at the council.
Mr Naylor, who was named as The MJ chief executive of the year last year, will join Inner Circle Consulting as a director in January.