Truth about Local Government

by Matt Masters

The Truth about Local Government is a platform committed to providing a free resource to the local authority sector, seeking to provide solutions to the problems the sector is facing. Our purpose is to widen the echo chamber, where local government innovation and solution orientated action can be shared,

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Podcast episodes

  • Season 1

  • Stockport’s £1 Billion Regeneration Plans: Shaping the Future with Paul Richards

    Stockport’s £1 Billion Regeneration Plans: Shaping the Future with Paul Richards

    This episode delves into Stockport’s place shaping journey, with Paul Richards, Director of Development and Regeneration, Stockport Council and Chief Executive, Stockport Mayoral Development Corporation. Stockport is transforming itself into an attractive place to live, work, and connect, with ambitious investments in heritage buildings, architecture, and green spaces. The challenge of effective place shaping is a critical part of the council’s role, and Stockport’s journey exemplifies this.

  • Why communications and engagement are imperative in planning Ft Rowan Cole

    Why communications and engagement are imperative in planning Ft Rowan Cole

    .Great to sit down with Rowan Cole, Director of Coalface Engagement, to discuss the importance of planning in communications and engagement in planning. Today Rowan answered the following questions: How does effective communication improve the reception of Local Plans when presented to local communities? What are some common challenges local governments face in engaging with their communities on Planning matters? How does communications and engagement protect Council's reputation in the face of large scale private development proposals? What role does technology play in enhancing communication and engagement on planning matters? What emerging trends or practices should local governments be aware of to improve their engagement strategies? Thank you to our sponsors RPNA, who drive sustainable transformation by combining innovative thinking, established methodology, and boundless enthusiasm to unlock an organisation's potential and deliver lasting change.

  • Navigating the Urban Landscape: Building Control at Manchester City Council with Mark Dickens

    Navigating the Urban Landscape: Building Control at Manchester City Council with Mark Dickens

    In this episode, we sit down with Mark Dickens, the Assistant Director Planning & Building Control at Manchester City Council. Mark shares insights into the critical role of building control within the city, emphasizing why it’s an exciting and impactful career path. At present there are two exciting vacancies within the Building Control Team. One leading the entire building control function, and one managing one of the two teams. Mark talked with passion why Manchester is a brilliant place to work and why anyone working in Building Control should look at the opportunities within Manchester.

  • How to have a positive return to work! Ft Clara Wilcox

    How to have a positive return to work! Ft Clara Wilcox

    Today I sat down with the Founder of The Balance Collective, Clara Wilcox to discuss the actions both employees and employers can take so that parents can have a positive return to work. We covered in our conversation: What issues do you find that parents have when they return to work? How do parents feel about returning? How does the current cost of living crisis impact parents’ choices? What is the best practice? Why it’s important to have equity for return-to-work support – considering those who have breaks for bereavement, other caring responsibility, health needs. What you can do to support parents before they return (and before they leave!) The importance of a return-to-work induction and how to plan it. Clara Wilcox can be reached at hello@thebalancecollective.co.uk Thank you to RPNA for their continued support.

  • Rising Together: Turning External Challenges into Community Strength FT Jim Savege

    Rising Together: Turning External Challenges into Community Strength FT Jim Savege

    In this episode, Jim Savege, Chief Executive in Aberdeenshire Council and I explore how communities can thrive by leveraging external events to build resilience, foster partnerships, and create lasting positive change. Tune in as we discuss inspiring stories, practical strategies, and the power of collective action.