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26 November 2015

EXCLUSIVE: Danny Alexander welcomes 'new age of municipal responsibility'

Former chief secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, has welcomed the ushering in of a ‘new age of municipal responsibility’.


Devolution could 'distract' from public sector reform

Devolution could distract local government from pushing ahead with public sector reform, a council chief executive has warned.


Call for devolution rivalry to end

Newcastle City Council’s chief executive has admitted there had been competition over devolution agreements but has now called on regions to work together to get the best from the process.

EXCLUSIVE: Sector's victory on business rates

The sector scored a lucky escape in yesterday’s Spending Review after several Treasury threats failed to materialise, Local Government Association (LGA) boss Mark Lloyd has revealed.

NAO 'concerned' about accountability as powers devolved

The independent National Audit Office (NAO) will keep a close eye on accountability as Whitehall continues to devolve, its chair Lord Bichard has pledged.


Council bosses must 'lead the escape' on health

The Leeds City Council boss has insisted local government must ‘lead the escape’ after a NHS leader described his members as ‘prisoners’ within the current healthcare framework.


Children's services leader 'not reassured' by Spending Review

The president of a children's services leadership organisation has expressed concerns over the 'direction of travel' in the sector following the Spending Review.

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