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    A good gig?

    By Helen Snow | February 14, 2019

    Helen Snow looks at the implications of the gig economy for local authorities

  • Councils should have a planner in top team

    February 13, 2019

    Cuts to planning authority budgets have left them unable to compete with the private sector for the best in leadership talent. It's time for local authority chief executives to put planning back at the top table, says Victoria Hills

    • Michael Burton

    Austerity cuts get the blame for Brexit

    By Michael Burton | February 13, 2019

    Domestic political decisions were to blame for Brexit and will do little to help those deprived Leave areas that helped make it happen, says Michael Burton.

    Councils are often best placed to invest in commercial assets

    By James Cogavin | February 12, 2019

    James Cogavin says that while some councils are grabbing the headlines for the size of their investments, councils all across the country are making sensible commitments in their local areas which will benefit their communities.

    Manchester commission will promote putting people before profit

    By Jo Platt | February 11, 2019

    Greater Manchester already has a thriving co-operative sector. The launch of the Greater Manchester Co-operative Commission will explore the real opportunities to tackle the issues that affect residents and businesses, says MP Jo Platt.

    • Heather Jameson

    Councils are ready to do their best with Brexit

    By Heather Jameson | February 8, 2019

    Heather Jameson says that in a breathtakingly brazen attempt to get the blame in early, civil servants have raised concerns about how councils will handle Brexit - but in reality local government is, mostly, at its best in an emergency.

    A wasteful proposal

    By Ian Miller | February 8, 2019

    A universal free garden waste collection service cannot represent an efficient use of Government resources, even if funding could be extracted from packaging producers, says Ian Miller

    • Tony Kirkham

    By no means fair enough

    By Tony Kirkham | February 8, 2019

    Tony Kirkham is concerned that the desire to deliver fair funding could end up being something we started but couldn't finish.

    Devolution is the key to delivering the NHS Long Term Plan

    By Phil Hope | February 7, 2019

    Now is the time for local government, combined authorities and mayors to work with the NHS, says Phil Hope - to go beyond the ambition in the long-term plan and build a fully devolved integrated community-based health and social care system.

    • Paul Wheeler

    The Berlin perspective

    By Paul Wheeler | February 7, 2019

    Perhaps we should all be asking the Germans how they get their priorities in order before rushing to the European exit, says Paul Wheeler.

    Dorset’s achievement in a world transformed

    By Andrew Flockhart | February 7, 2019

    Andrew Flockhart shows how officers and members throughout Dorset worked together – despite a host of challenges – to be ready for the transformation on 1 April from nine councils to two unitary authorities

    • Abdool Kara

    NHS sustainability 'very difficult' without a long-term social care settlement

    By Abdool Kara | February 7, 2019

    A series of significant National Audit Office reports on local services have emerged so far this year - and it is the most recent one on NHS financial sustainability that might have the greatest impact on local government, says Abdool Kara