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Salary tracker 2015

New council chiefs see pay drop for sixth consecutive yearSubscription

But salary cuts for incoming chief executives lowest since 2010

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2014: Downward trend in new chiefs' pay eases offSubscription

Fall against predecessors’ salaries lowest since 2010

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Adass calls for innovation after carer shortfall warning

Thinktank report warns of extra service burdens by 2017

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Hardship fund almost exhausted as welfare reforms take holdSubscription

Analysis shows mounting burden on discretionary housing payments

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Reserves increase as uncertainty growsSubscription

Business rate retention and welfare reform blamed as reserve levels grow

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Fifth of authorities to increase council taxSubscription

LGC research shows 65 councils are planning a rise

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Data: 'Layman's guide to council tax'Subscription

Councils who pay levies to outside bodies such as transport and waste authorities can have a variable referendum ‘trigger point’ when setting council tax, as explained in LGC’s ‘layman’s guide to council tax’.

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School places top priority for London councillorsSubscription

Boris Johnson asked about education ambitions

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Council support essential to welfare reform successSubscription

Authorities to retain long-term benefit role despite job losses

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Councils way off 120,000 troubled families targetSubscription

LGC research reveals low numbers of families meeting definition

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Budgeted pay rises 'small consolation'Subscription

More than a third of councils have set aside money for pay rises, according to exclusive research by LGC

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Councils budgeting for pay rises despite freeze bidSubscription

LGC research indicates 40% of respondents budgeting for some form of pay rise

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2012: latest findingsSubscription

New chief executives continue to be paid less than their predecessors, according to our latest exclusive research

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Quarterly spending data continues to frustrateSubscription

Second tranche of figures prompts Whitehall criticism

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Leading treasurer slams 'misleading' DCLGSubscription

Christmas release on reserve levels prompts complaint

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Survey highlights rising resident satisfaction levelsSubscription

Local government reputation survey shows continued improvement following January nadir

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London councils take own decisions on newspapersSubscription

Town hall magazine policies more determined by economics than Eric Pickles’ edict

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Senior salaries show a downward trendSubscription

A combination of financial and political pressures leads to sharp fall in chiefs’ pay

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Pickles visits only three authorities to dateSubscription

Westminster politicians fail to prioritise meeting local councillors

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Sector confidence over services improvesSubscription

Councils’ assurance that they can safeguard their key services improves significantly in recent months

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Councils raiding their reserves to make ends meetSubscription

The majority of English councils are raiding reserves to plug budget gaps, exclusive LGC research suggests  

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Picture of job losses becomes clearerSubscription

Mets and London boroughs head unique survey into local government posts shed

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Sign-up success for Pickles’ council tax freeze dealSubscription

LGC’s exclusive survey shows that all but one council plans to accept the government’s 2.5% pay-off

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Council tax freeze winners and losersSubscription

More than a third of all billing and precepting authorities increased their council tax by more than 2.5% last year, LGC research shows.

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You said it ... it's all hereSubscription

As part of LGC’s latest confidence survey of local government we asked you for an additional comments about the coalition government’s first six months. Here is a collection of your responses.

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Big Society: Where do we go from here?Subscription

LGC’s exclusive survey asked those who will have to deliver the Big Society what they thought it meant for their organisation - see the results here

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Doubts over ward councillors' willingness to participateSubscription

Strong support for role at local level is matched by concerns over reality on the ground

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The strains of partnershipSubscription

The survey highlights the difference in perception of each sector’s role

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Respondents see the challenges aheadSubscription

Spending cuts and concerns about public apathy leave many cautious about whether the Big Society agenda can deliver significant change

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Members stay upbeat over challenges aheadSubscription

Councillors more confident than senior managers that cutbacks can be managed