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Mo Baines

Articles by Mo Baines

Time for a Duty of Public Value

By Mo Baines | 09 July 2024

An expansive ‘Duty of Public Value', as opposed to Best Value would allow decisions to be made th...

Fortifying local democracy

By Mo Baines | 03 June 2024

A new report points towards a failure from the perspective of councillors of devolution and local...

Genuine devolving RTB powers would signal some real devolution

By Mo Baines | 13 May 2024

Mo Baines says it is worth exploring how councils could be trusted with moratorium powers on RTB,...

Investment in neighbourhood services could be a crucial vote winner

By Mo Baines | 20 March 2024

'As we limp towards another General Election, we have yet to hear any comprehensive plans from ac...

Hollowed out local government sets off a downward spiral

By Mo Baines | 22 January 2024

'It is time to move the debate on from platitudes and tinkering with year-to-year budgets to the ...

Councils moved through crisis with warmth and grace

By Mo Baines | 08 November 2023

Local government’s regulatory decision-making framework may often be perceived by those outside o...

It is time for local government to call out unworkable pseudo-market systems

By Mo Baines | 13 September 2023

Writing on the RAAC debacle, Mo Baines says not so long ago the public estate was managed by loca...

Offering a toolkit for levelling up

By Mo Baines | 10 July 2023

A new report from APSE offers some stark findings on levelling up - and some solutions, says Mo B...

Is it time for insourcing by default?

By Mo Baines | 12 June 2023

Is it time for a new era of public service value? Mo Baines looks at the value of insourcing and ...

Officers' skills will be tested post-elections

By Mo Baines | 16 May 2023

Mo Baines says 'as most horse-trading nears to an end, in those councils left with no overall con...