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Opinion from LGC

What sector leaders think about the issues that affect local government

Ray James, president, Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, and director of health, housing and adult social care, Enfield LBC

Care commissioning must improve to meet the challenges of the next five years Subscription Required

28-Aug-2015 | By Ray James

We need to focus on outcomes, on securing value chains, and encouraging transparent approaches to cost, writes Adass president Ray James

Nick Walkley, chief executive, Haringey LBC

Bridging the gap between the very personal and the very public Subscription Required

27-Aug-2015 | By Nick Walkley

Haringey’s Nick Walkley on one of the more unspoken aspects of being a chief executive

Dave Buck, senior fellow, the King’s Fund

'Place' remains significant in explaining life expectancy Subscription Required

26-Aug-2015 | By David Buck

David Buck from the King’s Fund on the latest data

Sir Howard Bernstein

How Manchester leaders have plotted the way towards economic growth Subscription Required

25-Aug-2015 | By Sir Howard Bernstein

Strategic and detailed planning are key to grow your economy, says Manchester’s Howard Bernstein

Paul Honeyben, acting strategic lead – finance, performance and procurement, London Councils

The guessing game on local government finance must end Subscription Required

21-Aug-2015 | By Paul Honeyben

Transparency must underpin the finance system if local government is to cope with the forthcoming cuts, says London Councils’ Paul Honeyben

Mark Thompson, head of reward consulting UK & Ireland, Hay Group

How local authorities can cope with the cost of the national living wage Subscription Required

20-Aug-2015 | By Mark Thompson

Hay Group’s Mark Thompson outlines the pitfalls and opportunities of the pay increase

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Councils' bid for welfare role carries big risks


Greater Manchester’s bid for extra control over welfare should be drawn up with caution, writes LGC acting editor Keith Cooper

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Tony Travers

Accountability for many public services is a mess Subscription Required

24-Aug-2015 | By Tony Travers

For most people, the only way to tackle failure is to go to Parliament, writes LSE’s 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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Andy Theedom, local government market director, Capita Transformation

Saving money doesn’t mean services suffer Subscription Required

Councils must differently about social care, says Capita’s Andy Theedom

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