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Integrated, efficient support is vital to delivering future services.
The new round of planning for sustainability and transformation partnerships must allow more collaboration.
Two stories have dominated the headlines over the past couple of months. Brexit, of course, and the fate of the high street.
Matt Hancock’s vision that prevention is key to longer, healthier lives is welcome. Councils have been saying this for years.
This week’s local government finance settlement is the last one determined by the 2015 spending review.
Local government will want to send out a warm welcome to a new report on planning in England.
The traditional model of delivering public services is based on assumptions and processes from the turn of the century.
Of all the factors that went into the Brexit vote, one was most clear: the appeal to ‘take back control’.
The strategy due out later this year must take its focus and approach from local government’s cue.
With determination and hard work, many good ideas come to fruition. But often they don’t.
In the rolling debate about how best to distribute power in the British state, we should turn our attention to the systemic problems of the centre.
Politics in this country is often seen as a two horse race, or perhaps three. But locally things are different.
In English local government we often look overseas to compare our positions to those of our peers.
British local government has become global news. The impact of eight years of austerity on councils in Britain has made them interesting to foreign correspondents based in the UK.
Oldham’s vision, like that of many other places, is for people and communities to have the power to be healthy, happy and make good choices.
If you want to transform the system, you need to talk to the whole of it.
No one should retire with their life expectancy shortened, their physical and emotional health impaired or their relationships damaged.
The way we protect and empower the people around us is part of what makes us human.
The last few years have seen the deliberate, systematic destruction of local government.
The current tension in France shows what can happen when it stops turning.
The Budget promised local government little. The previously-made commitment to uncap the housing revenue account was confirmed, but otherwise councils were given few signs that, for them, austerity is about to end.
Having will and leadership locally is critical to ensuring the most disadvantaged women are not left to cope on their own
The chancellor seems not to understand there is simply not enough cash to sustain the expectations of public services
In the coming days and weeks, people will recognise that the prime minister’s promise has been broken.
Torture the data and it will confess to anything – or so said British economist Ronald Coase.
Integrating health and social care and further emphasising prevention and early help is a huge challenge – but one with enormous potential rewards.
For a sustainable solution ministers must recognise and act on two problems
Health bodies must rethink if if they want to keep local government on board
In our major cities, in our county towns, quiet villages and remote hamlets, the life chances of our young people are being shaped and affected by the unique characteristics of the places and environments which they inhabit.
As with all things, the chancellor’s budget policies aimed at helping high streets are good in parts, and less sure in others
The chancellor was clearly feeling the hand of history on his shoulder. A new chapter and a turning point were declared as Phillip Hammond informed the house that austerity was now ending just like the prime minister said it would.
The big Budget announcements for local government may have already been made.
Catastrophic disasters have multiple causes
Tees Valley mayor on why more places should explore the opportunities presented by free trade zones in the post-Brexit era
Tenacity, talented colleagues and storytelling can overcome tricky problems
Next week’s Budget is widely seen as of great importance for the country as it faces Brexit and on-going economic difficulties.
Cutbacks on communications end up costing the council more overall, with half the effectiveness
We need a long-term solution, but we must also see an adequate response to the challenges of the day
In an essay Bradford City MDC chief executive explains how her area is shifting from ‘benevolent paternalism’ to working with and alongside communities.
The economic success of the city must be felt by our wider population and not just by the majority
The notion that towns struggle because cities have done well is misplaced