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Opinion from LGC

What sector leaders think about the issues that affect local government

David Finch

This cannot be George Osborne’s final offer on devolution Subscription Required

22-May-2015 | By David Finch

Essex’s David Finch says counties could satisfy chancellor’s accountability demands with ‘county governors’

Alex Fox, chief executive, Shared Lives

Economies of scale don’t work for home care contracts Subscription Required

22-May-2015 | By Alex Fox

Alex Fox says reducing services to the sum cost of its staff hours leads to poor outcomes

Philip Atkins, chief executive, Staffordshire CC, and public services reform spokesman, County Councils Network

Counties need devolution to ensure the sector's sustainability Subscription Required

21-May-2015 | By Philip Atkins

County areas must be empowered to reduce the complexity and cost of local public services across local areas

Nick Walkley, chief executive, Haringey LBC

The Pickles years are over – but challenges remain Subscription Required

20-May-2015 | By Nick Walkley

Haringey’s Nick Walkley says the Troubled Families programme and housing need urgent attention

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Katherine Rake, chief executive, Healthwatch England

A lack of regulatory scrutiny is putting some vulnerable people at risk Subscription Required

20-May-2015 | By Katherine Rake

We are calling on councils to help identify care gaps where regulatory powers may fall short, says Healthwatch England’s Katherine Rake

Jon Rowney, head of fair funding, performance and procurement, London Councils

London must have power over skills, employment, housing and health to survive cuts Subscription Required

19-May-2015 | By Jon Rowney

Devolution has become an economic necessity, says London Councils’ Jon Rowney

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Nick Golding, LGC editor

Counties and districts deserve devolution clarity too


Cities are right to indicate they will take advantage of George Osborne’s deal - but non-urban areas need devolution too, writes LGC editor Nick Golding

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Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher

Local elections analysis: Talk of multi-party England is premature Subscription Required


Labour and the Conservatives have made advances at the Liberal Democrats’ expense, write Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher

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Tony Travers, director, Greater London Group, London School of Economics

A near-federal UK requires a constitutional settlement Subscription Required

20-May-2015 | By Tony Travers

The cities devolution bill will allow MPs to push for a more comprehensive settlement to transfer powers, says Tony Travers

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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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Dean Dickinson

How to ensure you get the best from financial software providers

Advanced Business Solutions’ Dean Dickinson on procuring financial IT

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