Paul Gosling, author (with Mark D’Arcy), Abuse of Trust (ISBN: 9780993040788)
Northern Ireland-based political and economic commentator gives his view on James Brokenshire’s term as Northern Ireland secretary
Achieving the right balance between an open and a closed mind is difficult.
Call for London combined authoritiesSubscription
Treasurers say capital should not be exempt from the model, but minister says it would ‘not make sense’ for London
Kent, Lambeth, Nottinghamshire and Leeds among first to publish proposals for 2015-16
Minister Kris Hopkins sparks debate on extent anti-abuse message should be targeted towards individual communities
Cash constraints at met councils revealedSubscription
Liabilities outstrip assets at four in 10 mets, Audit Commission finds
Ombudsman issues warning over care payment cutsSubscription
Tameside MBC acted wrongly in cutting its contribution towards the care of an 80-year-old, ombudsman finds
IDS announces universal credit accelerationSubscription
Work and pension’s secretary’s revelation sparks concern over ‘over-ambitious’ IT system
Birmingham and Nottingham city councils have launched Midlands Connect as the region’s equivalent to the One North plan devised by northern authorities to improve their region’s connectivity.
Pension funds face a balancing actSubscription
Finance experts fear that changes to international accounting standards could have a detrimental effect on local government pension schemes