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Opinion from LGC

What sector leaders think about the issues that affect local government

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

Tony Hunter: Let's think about what wellbeing really means Subscription Required

17-Apr-2015 | By Tony Hunter

Care Act changes are about far more than providing services, says the Social Care Institute for Excellence’s chief executive

Graham Allen MP Nottingham North

We must not stand against the tide of history on devolution Subscription Required

17-Apr-2015 | By Graham Allen

The run-up to the election is highlighting the battle between the centralists and the devolutionists, says Graham Allen

Lee Marshall, chief executive officer, Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee

We need to be smarter about selling on recycling materials Subscription Required

17-Apr-2015 | By Lee Marshall

Larac’s Lee Marshall says local authorities must learn to deal with inevitable peaks and troughs in the market

Alex Fox, chief executive, Shared Lives

People using public services are not 'customers' Subscription Required

16-Apr-2015 | By Alex Fox

The model we need is collaborative, not transactional, says Shared Lives chief executive Alex Fox

Dave West

Dave West: Neither politics nor personality should throw the NHS's plan off course Subscription Required

16-Apr-2015 | By Dave West

Ensuring the NHS Five Year Forward View had the right political impact was always going to be a difficult balancing act

Michael White

Michael White: Who will pay for all these vague election promises? Subscription Required

15-Apr-2015 | By Michael White

With little evidence of how the parties will pay for their vague policy pledges, the big numbers being bandied about on NHS funding may come back to bite us elsewhere in the public spending economy

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LGC editor Nick Golding

Cross-dressing national politicians should also reward their heartlands with power


The Labour and Conservative leaderships are to be commended for offering devolution to areas in which they are unpopular – but they should realise all councils seek power, writes LGC editor Nick Golding

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Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher

Smaller parties set for power grab Subscription Required


Psephologists Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher believe the smaller parties could make significant gains in next month’s local elections

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Tony Trravers

Lack of radicalism shows parties see councils as agents of Whitehall Subscription Required

15-Apr-2015 | By Tony Travers

The LSE’s Tony Travers is dismayed Labour and the Conservatives are prepared to give Scotland and Wales increased powers but will leave England stuck with centralism

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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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Chris Ginnelly, managing director, Civica Digital Solutions

‘Walking tall again’ with digital ambitions

Civica’s Chris Ginelly on the need to deliver more customer-focused, digitally enabled and efficient services

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