Opinion

    Appointment of new Treasury ministers bodes well for the sector

    By David Williams | August 20, 2019

    Chairman-elect of the County Councils Network David Williams reviews the organisation's key asks in its Five-Point Plan for Local Government - and says Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid's new roles in the Treasury are good news for councils.

    • Ben Page

    Everyday Britain's silent crisis in care

    By Ben Page | August 20, 2019

    Ben Page says that while Britain is bothering about Brexit and more this summer, hardly anyone is paying attention to the 'much less talked about' crisis in children's services that's 'becoming acute'.

    • Adele Taylor

    Putting it on paper

    By Adele Taylor | August 20, 2019

    An 'extremely long piece of paper' helped her finance team to understand 'what an integral part they have to play for our stakeholders', says Adele Taylor.

    Affecting change in more ways than one

    By Saima Ashraf | August 20, 2019

    Saima Ashraf has journeyed a long way to get to her current position of deputy leader of Barking & Dagenham LBC – and she has used her story to encourage other BME women to aim high within the sector.

 
 

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