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Diversity is intrinsic to both democracy and leadership, two principles of Solace's code of ethics and at the core of our sector. That's why we need more of it.

As the UK's leading members' network for local government and public sector professionals, we are committed to ensuring diverse talent is encouraged, supported, nurtured and recognised across the sector.

To view our statement of intent, preliminary report on 'Understanding & Improving Equality, Diversity & Inclusion in the Local Government Workforce' produced in collaboration with Zurich Municipal and Shared Intelligence alongside next steps, click the arrow below.

Solace Blog

MJ Article: The new Government has the chance to reboot the long-outdated council finance system, Graeme McDonald
Fri, 07 Jun 2024 12:17 PM

“The announcement of the July General Election surprised me, as it did almost everyone, and it leaves Solace members across the country just six weeks to prepare less than a month after the local elections wrapped up. “While this will be the first national test for recent electoral rule changes, returning officers and their teams […]

LGC Article: Empower places to deliver economic development, Robin Tuddenham
Thu, 23 May 2024 09:23 AM

“Economic development will take centre stage when the UK’s biggest real estate, investment and infrastructure forum gets underway in Leeds tomorrow. UKREiiF aims to unlock investment and drive economic growth by connecting people, places and businesses – something we’re all prioritising. “A growing economy is what we need to fulfil our very reason for being […]

LGC Article: Breaking the glass ceiling at the top of local government, Pamela Gordon
Mon, 13 May 2024 10:49 AM

“My year as the first woman president of Solace needs to be put in context because so much has changed in local government, Solace and society since 1996-97. There were no executive council leaders or elected mayors then, but changes were in prospect after a period of high political tensions, attacks on local authority powers, […]

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