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What do senior managers do when they are very good at their role but realise they are increasingly unlikely to fulfil their ambition, asks Blair Mcpherson.

A bandwagon that won’t stop rolling

The arguments for creating large unitary authorities have not been developed in an evidence-based way, say Steve Leach and Colin Copus. How can the persistence of ‘reorganisation by stealth’ be explained?

Does our place-shaping role risk being imperilled?

An anonymous writer ponders the incongruity between what the centre expects from local government and the ‘nature, breadth and ferocity’ of the challenges councils are facing.

Learning to lead is essential to the future

Nadira Hussain asks how the sector can future-proof continuous improvement when technology and ‘need’ evolve all the time.

The absence of the human touch 

Blair Mcpherson ponders a recruitment software package to be used in conjunction with video interviews which analyse a candidate’s performance. He would rather place his faith in the traditional panel interview.

Sharing is caring

Kate Kennally argues that, for Cornwall to catch up with the rest of the UK, the Shared Prosperity Fund must do exactly that: share prosperity. But she says real devolution of decision making to a local level is equally important.

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A real turnaround in North London

The Turnaround Project aims to improve outcomes for primary aged children who are presenting with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties at school, says Charles Ellis.

The mixed messages from Mr Osborne

Chancellor George Osborne should make a firm choice as to whether his election platform is one of austerity Toryism or one-nation Conservatism, writes Michael Burton.

Addressing the decline of local media

The demise of local media is a loss for democracy. Michael Burton urges ministers and local authorities to work together to address the deficit.