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Opinion from LGC

What sector leaders think about the issues that affect local government

Mark Rogers, chief executive, Birmingham City Council

Mark Rogers: We are failing young people on careers support Subscription Required

27-Feb-2015 | By Mark Rogers

‘Every single young person needs access to top drawer, impartial, truly independently commissioned careers education, advice and guidance if our economy is to thrive’

Health Service Journal editor Alastair McLellan

Avoiding injustice: why HSJ is not publishing the names of 'unfit' NHS directors Subscription Required

26-Feb-2015 | By Alastair McLellan

Health Service Journal’s Alastair McLellan: ‘The CQC investigation process and its timescales lack precision and clarity’

Health Service Journal columnist Michael White

Michael White: Ukip U-turns on NHS funding and hops on the consensus bus

26-Feb-2015 | By Michael White

Nigel Farage admits he no longer thinks the NHS’s funding basis needs to be replaced by insurance, as his party issues its much ignored health wish list

Jos Creese, digital lead, corporate resources, Hampshire CC, and chair, Local Public Services CIO Council

IT success depends on system change Subscription Required

26-Feb-2015 | By Jos Creese

‘Digital thinking’ is about closing the gap between technological opportunity and business creativity, says Hampshire’s Jos Creese

Abigail Melville, secretary to the Cooperative Councils Innovation Network at the RSA

Devolution will bring opportunities and challenges Subscription Required

26-Feb-2015 | By Abigail Melville

Cooperative Councils’ Abigail Melville says power should not simply be devolved to local areas but should be shared with citizens

Fiona Johnstone, director of public health, Wirral MBC

The value of the public health grant extends beyond essential services Subscription Required

25-Feb-2015 | By Fiona Johnstone

Wirral’s Fiona Johnstone says the authority is focusing on balancing place-centred action alongside people-centred interventions

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LGC editor Nick Golding

We cannot afford to miss the opportunity provided by combined authorities


LGC’s research into how councils are grouping together in pursuit of devolution shows the level of ambition across the sector, writes LGC editor Nick Golding

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

How Vladimir Putin views our austerity Subscription Required

26-Feb-2015 | By Tony Travers

The LSE’s Tony Travers marvels at the lack of political concern about our declining defence capability in the climate of spending contraction

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Inside Out: My confusion about combined authorities will be shared by the person on the 92B bus Subscription Required


Local government needs a compelling, easily explained case for devolution, not a technical administrative solution for a political problem, writes LGC’s insider

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Phil Ruston, Serco

Modelling the demand as well as the provision of services

Serco’s Phil Ruston on the need for a holistic approach to commissioning

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