Tracking the true cost of kids’ care

Tracking the true cost of kids’ care
By Heather Jameson | June 21, 2018

Huge discrepancies between the cost of children’s services in different authorities have hampered lobbying efforts. Heather Jameson looks at the latest report which debunks the myth that it’s all down to inefficiency.

  • Countering terror locally

    By Mark Conrad | June 20, 2018

    With the announcement of the Government’s CONTEST counter-terrorism strategy following on from other major reviews into policing and safety, Mark Conrad looks at what it all means for local authorities.

  • A universal problem

    By Patrick O’Brien | June 20, 2018

    The National Audit Office has released another damning report on the rollout of Universal Credit. Patrick O’Brien breaks down the findings and speaks to key figures in the sector.

  • Decisions, decisions

    By Mark Conrad | May 22, 2018

    Mark Conrad reports from a recent round table tackling the issue of effective decision-making in local government.

  • Preventing another tragedy

    By Hiba Mahamadi | May 22, 2018

    The report on the Grenfell Tower fire proposes establishing a joint competent authority, comprising local authority building standards, fire and rescue authorities and the Health and Safety Executive, to manage safety risks in high-rise tower blocks [..]


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