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Reports & Guides

Reports & Guides

The latest industry reports & guides

Here you will find all of the latest research reports and briefings which offer innovative policy solutions and recommendations on a range of policy areas, as well as helpful guides and pointers on best practice. All of our reports and guides are informed by our members.

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Covid-19: Solace key messages and learnings

This week marks the third anniversary of the first national lockdown in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. At Solace we think it is important we reflect and learn from the events and actions we took – individually and collectively, nationally and locally – to ensure that, as a country, we are far better prepared, and […]

Delivering Together for Residents – A Joint Solace & NHS Report

This new publication captures emerging best practice from eight local partnerships across the country where local government working with colleagues in health, housing and the voluntary sectors are having a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of their local communities. It focuses, through a series of case studies, on the challenges, achievements, barriers and […]

Solace/LGA Emergency Coaching and Mentoring Support Programme Evaluation

In April 2020, Solace and the Local Government Association (LGA) launched an Emergency Coaching and Mentoring Support Programme for those leading the response to the COVID-19 pandemic across local government in England. To find out more about the performance of the programme, please download the full report.  

Coping with the festive period

Christmas has long been heralded as ‘the most wonderful time of the year’, but for some, that’s simply not the case. There are many stressors associated with this holiday period, and some are not quite as obvious as others. Solace Business Partner Zurich’s latest brochure  – Coping over the festive period discusses potential triggers, tips […]


Solace, in partnership with the Local Government Association, has today launched a practical guide to the senior recruitment process aimed at both candidates and the elected members and officers involved in the hiring process.

Storytellers in Chief

An empirical study jointly commissioned by Solace, ICMA and CAMA, Storytellers in Chief identifies major themes that emerged from interviews with more than 120 chief executives, city managers and other senior officers across the UK, USA and Canada, and highlights ways in which storytelling represents a significant part of everyday leadership practices.  

A Call to Action

The country is at a crossroads, facing its greatest moment of transition since the Second World War. This is a time when people are looking to political and public service leaders to bridge the divides that have grown amongst us and set out a positive vision for a future where everyone can thrive.

It Takes a Village: Building Environments for Children to Thrive

“Every child has the right to grow up in an environment where they feel safe and secure, have access to basic services and clean air and water, can play, learn and grow and where their voice is heard and matters.” Solace in partnership with PwC.

System Leadership in Local Government: An Ignite Essay Collection

Published in conjunction with the LGA and Collaborate. To read the collection, click the link.

Walk Tall Being a 21st Century Public Servant

Published by Shared Press. Click the link to download the report.

Skills and Local Economic Growth: Solace Position Paper

Click the link to download the report.

Initial Position Statement on Skills and Local Economic Growth

Click the link to download the report.

Using evidence in scrutiny

A practice guide for local government scrutiny. Click the link to download the report.

Creating a Manifesto for a Vibrant Economy

Published in conjunction with Grant Thornton. Click the link to download the full report.

Article 50 Gearing up for Brexit

Published by Grant Thornton. Click the link to download the full report.

Solace Autumn Statement 2016 Briefing

Click the link to download the report.

BREXIT – A Public Sector perspective

Published by Grant Thornton. To read the full report, click the link.

Solace Housing Survey 2016

Published in association with Inside Housing.

Key Leadership Actions for Innovation

Click the link to download the report.

Local Public Services Senior Managers: Code of Ethics

To download the Code of Ethics, click the link.

Devolution Revolution

Published in conjunction with Eversheds. Click the link to download the full report.

Public Health Funding Cuts: A letter to the Chancellor

To download the letter, click the link.

Solace, LGA & PPMA in Conjunction with University of Birmingham

The LGA, SOLACE and PPMA are working together with our academic partner, the University of Birmingham, to jointly look at how we can provide a practical focus to the conceptual thinking that lies behind the University’s excellent research into the ‘21 century public servant’ The work can be found here: With the support of […]

Local Government Funding

A Local Government Knowledge Navigator Evidence Review in association with the LGA and CIPFA. Click the link to download the report.

Insights Report: Changing Local Services

Published in conjunction with Capacitygrid. Click the link to download the report.

Pioneers 2015 Senior Managers Risk Report

Published by Zurich Municipal in Association with Solace. Click the link to download the report.

Making the Most of Research

Published in association with the LGA and the Local Government Knowledge Navigator. Click the link to download the report.

Local Government and the Demography of Ageing

Published by the LGA in conjunction with the Local Government Knowledge Navigator. Click the link to download the report.

Local Government response to the Children and Young People Mental Health Taskforce Report

On 17th March the Government published the final report of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Taskforce Report. This is a joint statement issued by Solace, the Local Government Association, the Association of Directors of Children’s Services & Association of Directors of Public Health in response. Local authorities are committed to doing what they […]

Civica Invigorating the Public Sector Revolution

Published in conjunction with Civica. Click the link to read the full report.

Shared Chief Executives and Joint Management: A Model for the Future?

With the increasing pressures on local government finances, many councils are looking at developing closer partnerships and collaborative ways of working in order to secure greater levels of efficiencies. Councils are becoming increasingly creative in their approach to service delivery, which can take many forms. A growing number of councils have chosen to deepen their […]

Challenging Behaviour

Edited by Katherine Kerswell and Sue Goss

How to Best Hold Local Government to Account

by David Walker with a preface by Clive Grace, Jane Martin and Janet Grauberg

Flying High

A new look at local government leadership, transformation and the power of conversation.