With the falling of the Local Government Finance Bill, the IFS's David Phillips assesses where this leaves reforms to the sector's finance system.
June 26, 2017
Local pension boards already have all the tools they need to play their vital part in the governance of the local government pensions scheme, writes William Bourne.
June 21, 2017
The last few weeks have seen Britain hit by terror attacks and now the Grenfell Tower fire. The horror of watching an inferno, knowing there are people inside, will stay with us all for years to come.
June 22, 2017
Local Government Association Conservative Group leadership candidates, Kent CC leader Paul Carter and Hillingdon LBC deputy leader David Simmonds, outline their top priorities.
June 21, 2017
Commercialisation is no guaranteed cash cow, says Joe Simpson, but by taking a few lessons from the markets, councils may not only survive, but thrive.
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