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Gary porter

Porter urges councils to think global with new business rates powers

7-Oct-2015 10:13 am | By Sarah Calkin

LGA chair outlines his views on business rate reform

David Cameron

Cameron spells 'dramatic shift' in housing policy Subscription Required

7-Oct-2015 4:07 pm | By Kate Youde

David Cameron has announced a “dramatic shift” in housing policy that will prevent councils from requiring developers to build homes for sub-market rent in planning agreements.

David Finch

Parishes and towns invited to put forward devolution demands Subscription Required

7-Oct-2015 12:33 pm | By David Paine

Devolution deal for Greater Essex expected in the new year

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Business rates reform explained

7-Oct-2015 12:39 pm | By Sarah Calkin

LGC’s Sarah Calkin raises and answers key questions about Osborne’s business rates reform

Councils can bill property search firms for officers' time, court rules Subscription Required

7-Oct-2015 11:14 am | By Mark Smulian

Court says staff time can be charged for environmental information provision

Iain Malcolm South Tyneside

Business rate change 'Robin Hood in reverse' Subscription Required

6-Oct-2015 12:38 pm | By Mark Smulian

Leaders of low-tax base councils fear they will lose money

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The winners mustn't take it all in the business rates revolution

7-Oct-2015 | By Nick Golding

The spending review will reveal if the magnitude of Osborne’s business rates announcement is dwarfed by the scale of pressures some councils face

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Derek Myers

Six months in, the Rotherham intervention is bearing fruit Subscription Required

5-Oct-2015 | By Derek Myers

Commissioner Derek Myers reveals progress at the troubled authority

David McNulty, head of corporate delivery unit, Haringey LBC

The ‘delivery unit’ model is gathering support among councils Subscription Required

5-Oct-2015 | By David McNulty

Haringey LBC’s David McNulty on what councils have learned about performance management

Tony Hunter, chief executive, Social Care Institute for Excellence, and former chief executive, North East Lincolnshire Council

Assumptions around gender roles are wasting potential Subscription Required

5-Oct-2015 | By Tony Hunter

Tony Hunter, chief executive of the Social Care Institute for Excellence, on why the right image is important

David Williams

The better care fund will soon be redundant Subscription Required

2-Oct-2015 | By David Williams

If it lingers it will divert money away from efforts to fuse health and social care, writes Health Service Journal’s David Williams

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Jeff Houston

LGA: Treasury cannot force pension funds to invest in infrastructure Subscription Required


Experts say investments must be suitable for pension funds’ risk profiles

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Anne Whitehead

Our online tool gives care users freedom and improves the local care marketplace Subscription Required


Anne Whitehead (Lab) explains how the tool has saved Harrow LBC £3m

Tony Ciaburro

We invested £2m to create a business boom in Northamptonshire Subscription Required


Tony Ciaburro explains how the county and partners focused on supporting small businesses


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Latest Comment from LGC's Partners

Jos Creese

The risks and rewards of investing in IT at a time of radical reform


Eduserv’s Jos Creese reflects on the LGC Summit

Caroline Bimson

The central-local balancing act


Atkins’ Caroline Bimson on which decisions are best taken at local or national level

Bridget Warr

Support to live independently


Bridget Warr explains new NICE guidance on home care

Andrew Mindenhall, executive director, Agilisys

What does it take to be a digital leader?


Agilisys’ Andrew Mindenhall on digital transformation in local government

Su Turner

Councillors must maintain oversight of academies Subscription Required

7-Oct-2015 | By Su Turner

Su Turner says schools remain councils’ responsibility

Ilona Pinter

Councils are central to our response to refugee children Subscription Required

6-Oct-2015 | By Ilona Pinter

Ilona Pinter says councils must lead multi-agency strategies on refugee children

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Mayoral model: For and against

Simon Parker, director, New Local Government Network

For: Simon Parker – The chancellor is right to push ahead with the elected mayor model Subscription Required


Mayors matter because they solve the problem of local accountability for devolved powers, says the NLGN’s Simon Parker

Catherine Staite, director of the Institute of Local Government Studies (Inlogov), University of Birmingham

Against: Catherine Staite – The elected mayor model represents the creeping individualisation of democratic power Subscription Required


The idea of the single, strong leader is very old-fashioned, based more on myth than on an understanding of how leadership operates

Tony Travers

Tony Travers: constitutional change must accompany business rate reform


George Osborne’s announcement that 100% of non-domestic rates will be retained and partly localised is to be welcomed.  However radical the reform eventually turns out to be, it is further evidence that the chancellor is more committed to decentralised power than any of his predecessors.

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