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Coventry leading on Syrian refugee resettlement

Coventry leading on Syrian refugee resettlement

Coventry City Council has supported more Syrian refugees than any other local authority since the Government expanded its resettlement programme, according to new figures from the Home Office.

Bias claims force council to change voting guide

Bristol City Council has been forced to amend a European Union referendum voting guide after claims it was biased towards the Remain campaign.

Austerity 'rules out reorganisation option'

Further reorganisation of council structures in Wales is no longer possible because of continuing austerity, local government leaders in Wales have warned.

Winterbourne families call for care closures

The families of victims abused at Winterbourne View hospital have called on the prime minister to close ‘outdated’ care facilities.

Chiefs fear fiscal meltdown ahead

Chief executives have predicted a bleak future for local government, with more than half (56%) fearing financial crisis within the next year, research by consultants PwC has revealed.

Shake-up is ‘inevitable’ despite setbacks

Local government reorganisation remains an inevitability despite a major blow to flagship plans by Oxfordshire districts to create four cross-county unitaries, key figures have insisted.

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Opinion

Commercialism by any other name

Coventry leading on Syrian refugee resettlement

Whether or not progress is badged as commercialism, Adele Taylor says councils must focus on efficiency and keep customers central

HR can be your star player

Barry Pirie says results from the first annual poll of PPMA members shows HR is in rude health, which is good news for local government’s transformation challenge

Lessons from the ballot box

Dr Jonathan Carr-West says recent elections prove local democracy requires both greater recognition and a renewed focus on transparency.

A nugget of digital gold

As the Digital Authority Forum gets underway, Dean Wanless explains how interesting work on digital innovation held in the Queen's Speech could have significant ramifications for local government

Shard work pays off

Andrew Muter explains how a recent council 'clean out' revealed the extent to which local government has transformed over the past 40 years.

Less haste more speed

While there is a strong case for fiscal devolution to local government, the process could land councils with real difficulties unless done correctly. Sarah Witney explains the findings of a landmark report.

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Best Practice

A local solution for apprentices

A local solution for apprentices

Budget restrictions and recruitment difficulties means many organisations are still struggling to embrace a new pool of talent. Michelle Kirk explains how councils in the East of England overcame obstacles to taking on apprentices

Analysis

Straight talking

Straight talking

The recent Queen’s Speech has promised huge implications for the sector. Heather Jameson examines the key points

Private sector

Councils defend social value performance

Town hall leaders have defended their track record in using social value when awarding contracts after a report revealed only one in three regularly include it in their procurement processes.

Flintshire gets green light to create employee-led mutual

Proposals to turn Flintshire CC’s leisure and library services into an employee-led mutual have been given the green light by senior councillors.

‘Embed technology to transform your services,’ leaders are told

City leaders across England have been urged to follow the lead of London and Bristol by embedding smart technology in their infrastructure.