• Easing the cash flow

    By Martin Ford | February 24, 2021

    Martin Ford looks at the reaction to the first set of capitalisation directions given to councils struggling under the financial weight of COVID.

  • The problem with polls

    By Martin Ford | February 17, 2021

    Local government has finally learned that two years’ worth of elections will take place on ‘Super Thursday’ 6 May, with a ‘high bar’ for any delay. Martin Ford talks to the sector about the challenges ahead.

  • Starting from the wrong place?

    By Ann McGauran | February 15, 2021

    The first White Paper on NHS reform in nearly a decade confirms England will be covered by statutory integrated care systems. Ann McGauran canvasses local government sector experts on the contents.

  • A winning champion for change

    By Heather Jameson | February 10, 2021

    Anna Earnshaw’s role in improving the social care department at troubled Northamptonshire CC won her the award of Corporate Director of the Year in The MJ Achievement Awards last year. Heather Jameson talked to her about her achievement.


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