A coherent strategy to enhance skills in disadvantaged areas is vital for meaningful change.
A lack of real comprehensive action on local government finances would be reprehensible.
Over two-thirds of councils across England and Wales did not undertake any prosecutions against private landlords last year.
The Scottish philosopher David Hume probably wouldn’t have looked favourably on the latest “fair” funding review consultation, and unfortunately neither do we.
While short-term cash is repeatedly found, difficult decisions are put off again and again.
The UK Shared Prosperity Fund should be part of a new deal for poorer places.
County Councls Network chair Paul Carter says his members are willing to explore whether there should be a role for deprivation
Whatever decisions are made about the distribution of funding, what is essential is that the overall amount of funding for local government must be increased so that councils across the country are fully resourced to serve their communities.
The right balance in fiscal reporting will help finance teams and support local democracy.
There is dark humour in listing the logical flaws buried in the government’s fair funding review.