Positive powers amid adversity

Positive powers amid adversity
By Dan Peters | October 17, 2018

Local government chiefs say budget cuts, managing citizen expectations and the reducing workforce are the top three challenges they face. Dan Peters reports on our The MJ/SOLACE survey

    • Dr Jonathan Carr-West

    Politics may be coming home

    By Dr Jonathan Carr-West | October 17, 2018

    Local government had a ‘pretty good showing’ during the party conferences says Dr Jonathan Carr-West. He hopes it could be the start of a much-needed public debate on the local state

    • Heather Jameson

    Promises, promises – and election pledges

    By Heather Jameson | October 17, 2018

    The IFS Green Budget – its pre-Budget financial briefing – is always an interesting read, says Heather Jameson. The conclusion is, the Government can’t keep all of its promises

    • Michael Burton

    The dilemma facing the chancellor in the Budget

    By Michael Burton | October 17, 2018

    Never have expectations from the Budget on 29 October been so high, explains Michael Burton - and never has the chancellor’s influence over events that will effect his forecasts been so low

    Taking solace in SOLACE

    By Jo Miller | October 17, 2018

    Being a public service leader has never been more difficult, according to Jo Miller, who – in the build up to this week’s Society of Local Authority Chief Executives conference – says that strong leadership is as important and rewarding as ever


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