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A coalition of northern local government leaders has called for full powers governing the management of all rail infrastructure to be handed to the region.

Hospital admissions could have been avoided, say MPs

Nearly 1.5 million emergency hospital admissions could have been avoided if the right care had been in place, MPs have warned today.

Magistrates can make a difference

Bob Neill asks why more local authorities are not making more use of the valuable skills and perspectives a magistrate within their workforce can provide.

A fresh start for Salford

Salford has seen a wave of regeneration in the past 30 years. Sam Clayden speaks to the council’s chief executive about its journey.

Welsh Government unveils £260m infrastructure investment

The Welsh Government has announced new capital funding totaling £266m for projects including schools, transport links and broadband.

1% pay deal ‘disappointing’

ALACE chiefs joined by senior sector figures in frustation at focus on supposedly high pay for chief executives

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Troubles at Southern Cross ‘expose outsourcing dangers’

Veteran Labour MP, Michael Meacher, has warned that the possible collapse of the Southern Cross Healthcare Group would have ‘huge implications’ for outsourcing.

Southampton strikes widen ahead of ‘Armageddon Day’

Health officers are threatening to cause major disruption to Southampton’s port operations, as the six-week long strike spreads.

Think tank calls for revolution of public services

According to a new report from the Policy Exchange, vested interests at the top of trade unions are leading to a lack of productivity.