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Don’t just leave us to muddle through

Anita Charlesworth examines what the Government’s radical new immigration plans mean for social care – and says it ‘now needs to join up the dots between its policies’ and commit to adequately funding the sector.

Retail with a sting in the tale

The decision to reduce the rateable value of Amazon’s Rugeley Fulfilment Centre has had a major local impact on council finances – and there are wider implications for the sector, says Bob Kean

Predicting the workplace of 2021 (and beyond)

In a lively session at The MJ’s recent Future Forum North event in Manchester Dr Nicola Millard, principal innovation partner at BT, looked ahead at tomorrow’s workplace. Here she outlines the seven ‘Ds’ shaping the future of work

Future Forum North: A partnership to deliver effective urban renewal

The English Cities Fund, a partnership between development and investment, presented a session on its projects at the Future Forum North. Its chairman Sir Michael Lyons describes its approach

Making the case for a bigger cake

Darryl Eyers explains why four local professional associations have come together alongside the LGA to make a collective case to Government for the right long-term resources

Smashing the communication silence

Rebecca Davis examines the need for communication, dialogue and trust within organisations and how pioneering programmes are developing strategies to smash the culture of silence that impedes progress

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How to innovate...

Alex Thomson looks at how local authorities can innovate at a time of austerity.

Keep party politics out of our message

Sir Merrick Cockell reflects on his accomplishments as chairman of the Local Government Association and urges the sector to continue on the cross-party path to finish what has been started.

Reaching a turning point

Local government is in an excellent position to help improve the justice system, writes Bob Neill MP