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Local authority in the North West hopes move will maintain service levels in face of budget cuts
Senior adviser calls on public health directors to challenge council pension fund investments in tobacco, alcohol, pay day loans and gambling
Community-focused projects have delivered savings of more than £330m, according to the LGA
The Care Bill survived relatively unscathed in the House of Lords, but there were some concerns raised by the sector’s friends
Concern has grown over recent months about the detrimental impact of the new Ofsted regime on the quality of children’s services, early signs suggest Westminster is starting to listen
Views from the panel
The party conferences were a mixed bag of announcements already trailed and the slow grinding of the pre-election gears, says Tom Stannard
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It is almost a year since the local government sector was first presented with a fresh approach to building leadership across the West Midlands as a response to the new world faced by councils.
In their forthcoming report, Coming of Age - Development of the LGPS, Grant Thornton examine governance arrangements for local government pension scheme funds across the UK
Applications are now open for the Public Service Launchpad Accelerator. There is £9,400 of seed investment on offer per each team founder as well as a total of almost £50,000 follow-on investment awarded at the end of the programme for the best ventures.
LGC confidence barometer
The consensus behind the principles of the reforms may still be in place, but councils of all sizes and political stripes are beginning toworry
However welcome, the reforms are a massive undertaking and should be properly resourced with adequate preparation, writes Joanna Killian
Many individuals and many organisations would like to be thought of as innovative, but in reality rather fewer want to abandon the current way of doing things and strike off in a different direction.