Analysis

  • Kent’s very own powerhouse

    By Ann McGauran | October 15, 2019

    Cllr Paul Carter has stepped down as leader of Kent CC. Now he plans to apply his energies to local care and the vocational agenda, including apprenticeships. Ann McGauran reports

  • NILGA’s no-deal dilemma

    By Ann McGauran | October 9, 2019

    Karen Smyth explains how Northern Ireland’s local councils are playing a pivotal role in helping their communities get ready for whatever Brexit outcome lies ahead. Ann McGauran reports.

  • Prospering the Warrington way

    By Dan Peters | October 1, 2019

    In the wake of austerity, Warrington’s commercial strategy – mixing small investment with smart aquisitions – is proving a financial success. Dan Peters reports.

  • HEALTH MJ: Delays still block UK hospital beds

    October 7, 2019

    Latest NHS England figures show continuing relentless pressure on emergency admissions and too many beds still occupied by elderly patients who are better off with community care.

 
 

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