Placing faith in the pilots

Placing faith in the pilots
By David Phillips and Neil Amin-Smith | April 19, 2018

From this month, a second wave of pilots have started 100% rates retention. Neil Amin-Smith and David Phillips from the Institute for Fiscal Studies examine the Government’s claims regarding these pilots.

  • Dawn Baxendale: aiming for the pinnacle of success

    By Heather Jameson | April 4, 2018

    As she takes over as the new chief executive of Birmingham City Council, Dawn Baxendale talks to Heather Jameson about her challenges at Southampton City Council and her ambitious plans for the opportunities Birmingham can offer to its communities.

  • IR35 – the first year

    By Heather Jameson | April 11, 2018

    A year into the new rules on IR35, The MJ and Solace spoke to HR professionals about the difficulties – and the unexpected upside – of its implementation. Heather Jameson reports.

  • Winning the UK regeneration game

    By Sam Clayden | April 4, 2018

    There has been a resurgence of urban regeneration in the UK, in part thanks to unique partnerships between the councils and private sector developers. Sam Clayden reports on a Morgan Sindall sponsored panel event, chaired by The MJ, at this year’s [..]

  • A tale of two referendums

    By Sam Clayden | April 4, 2018

    Local government is desperate to be the source of fresh ideas for government in a post-Brexit world. Sam Clayden reports


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