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It would be ‘unacceptable’ if local government shied away from taking risks on commercial activities ahead of reform in 2020, a finance expert has said.

Sector shake-up will cause ‘major upheaval’

Experts fear council reorganisation could lead to an ‘incoherent and inconsistent’ model of local government, as disputes continue across the country.

Plymouth hits back in union subscriptions row

One of England’s largest city councils has accused the Government of trying to ‘criminalise’ authorities that collect trade union subscriptions through payroll.

Cheshire West and Chester scoops top council accolade

Cheshire West and Chester Council was last night named as winner of The MJ’s Best Achieving Council category in a glittering awards ceremony attended by 900 guests.

Core Cities issue devolution declaration

Leaders of the Core Cities group today launched a devolution declaration aimed at setting urban areas free to drive economic growth and deliver place-based integrated services.

MJ Future Forum 15: Council chiefs call for inspection overhaul

Senior local government leaders have united over calls to overhaul multi-agency inspection.

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District View: life as normal after election?

I met a senior civil servant recently whose prediction was that local government life would go on pretty much as normal, no matter who won the next general election. It reminded me of the late Labour minister Anthony Crosland’s famous quote: ‘Labour [..]

Time to plan for the future

The focus may be on short-term cuts in order to meet the 2011/12 budgets. But council leaders and chief executives will soon need to evaluate what changed skills their management teams require for the future, says Derek Allen

Backlash at 'super chief' plan

Senior figures in local government have hit back at the latest attack on the role of council chief executives.