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Opinion from LGC

What sector leaders think about the issues that affect local government

Mary Ney, commissioner, Rotherham MBC

Chief executives and leaders must work closely to get through more austerity Subscription Required

30-Jun-2015 | By Mary Ney

Rotherham’s Mary Ney on the relationship between senior politicians and officers

Alastair McLellan, HSJ editor

What is an 'acceptable' deficit for the NHS provider sector in 2015-16?

29-Jun-2015 | By Alastair McLellan

The NHS provider sector is in straits similar to those of Greece at the moment but there is no Grexit for those that cannot cope, says Alastair McLellan

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Tom Stannard, deputy chief executive, National Institute for Adult Continuing Education

We must maintain pressure on the government to avoid a productivity crisis Subscription Required

29-Jun-2015 | By Tom Stannard

Tom Stannard sets out NIACE’s wishlist for this next parliament

Mark Rogers

Responsibility for the health of the under-5s is paradise regained and lost Subscription Required

29-Jun-2015 | By Mark Rogers

Birmingham’s Mark Rogers says local authorities will struggle with public health services for under-5s as cuts bite

Rich Hornby, chief financial officer, Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group

The aims of the better care fund are valid... Subscription Required

26-Jun-2015 | By Richard Hornby

…but we have to understand why many acute trusts are concerned about the shorter terms impacts, says Coastal West Sussex CCG’s Rich Hornby

Phil Swann, managing director, Shared Intelligence

The uncertainty of these devolution plans is our greatest asset Subscription Required

26-Jun-2015 | By Phil Swann

Shared Intelligence’s Phil Swann compares last year’s growth deals with this year’s devolution agenda

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Keith Cooper

Not all kinds of collaboration should spawn new governance arrangements


Councils should resist the temptation to construct tiers of government without good reason to do so, writes LGC acting editor Keith Cooper

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Tony Travers

Tony Travers: Potholes will be filled with minsterially funded shovels Subscription Required

24-Jun-2015 | By Tony Travers

Faced with another five or more years of lop-sided deficit reduction, other Whitehall departments will surely feel the need to step in to protect ‘their’ services

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Inside out: We must use carrot, stick and nudge to keep Britain tidy Subscription Required


In his last column for LGC, our insider council chief executive urges action to combat the 20% increase in littering this year

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Keeping care personal

In a feature supported by Allied Healthcare, Rachel Dalton talks to experts about integrated patient-centric care

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