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Cost-Effective Marketing Tips for Marketing Colleges on a Budget

The number of students participating in Further Education fell by 11.4% between 2018-2019 and 2019-2020. Antoinette Beekye, Head of Marketing, Communications and Enrichment at Waltham Forest College, shares some cost-effective strategies to market colleges on a budget, promoting growth within the college.

Using Innovative Methods to Raise Local Government Funds

In recent years, Local Government budgets are increasingly stretched with the costs and demand for services continually rising. We heard from Joseph Holmes, Executive Director of Resources at West Berkshire Council about how the council has developed the UK’s first Community Municipal Investment to generate funding.

How Sevenoaks District Council Have Made Greener Investments to Create Self-Sufficient Income

Local authorities have faced several years of funding cuts, with Covid-19 only exacerbating financial pressures further. Peter Fleming, leader of Sevenoaks District Council shared with us how the council has acted on plans developed before the pandemic to improve council revenue to retain the self-sufficiency the council achieved in 2016.

Generating Income from Uncommercialised Land with Pop Ups

Local authorities have reported a 17% decline in spending on public services since 2010 due to funding cuts. Cornwall Council established the pop up business scheme as a new way to generate income on uncommercialised council assets. This case study explores how the pop ups have generated income for the council and provided support to the local community and businesses.

How has Covid-19 Impacted the Voluntary Sector

Covid-19 has had a significant impact on the voluntary sector, with operational costs and demand for online services increasing, finances deteriorating and less time to address diversity issues in the workforce. This infographic gives an overview of the key challenges that the sector faced during the pandemic.

How Sevenoaks District Council Overcame Funding Constraints

Local Government budgets are shrinking while costs and demand continue to rise. This case study shares insights from Cllr Peter Fleming, Leader of Sevenoaks District Council and Chair of the LGA Improvement and Innovation Board on their inventive funding strategy.

Reducing Local Government Reliance on Temporary Work Contracts

As of March 2021 45,3% of those employed in Local Government worked on a temporary or casual contract. Only 26.2% of staff were employed on a permanent basis. This case study examines North Yorkshire County Council’s Effective Integrating Resources Strategy and how the strategy helped reduce spending on agency staff by over £3.5 million.

The Financial Impact of Covid-19 on the Voluntary Sector

The voluntary sector was disproportionately affected by Covid-19 and the resulting economic crunch. This article examines the financial impact of Covid-19 on the voluntary sector.

How Environmental, Social and Governance Considerations are Impacting Social Housing Providers

Companies are judged on how well they mitigate risks to people and the planet, with their business areas scrutinised in the three areas of environmental impact, social impact, and governance risks. In this case study we’ll be looking at how Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) concerns affect social housing decisions.

Leeds City Council: Local Approaches to Addressing Financial Inclusion

In 2004, Leeds’ economy was booming and showing promising signs of becoming a northern powerhouse. However, there was a significant minority who were not enjoying the economic uplift. In this case study we’ll look at Leeds City Council’s approach to financial inclusion.

The Early Years Workforce: Underpaid, Overworked and Undervalued – SMC Publishes New Report

Alexandra Sufit discusses The Social Mobility Commission's new report – The stability of the early years workforce in England.
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