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February 2011

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As the month kicked in, so did the Department for Communities & Local Government’s diktat that councils publish details of spending of £500 or more, for perusal by an army of armchair auditors.

A handful of local authorities missed the deadline, but only plucky - some might say foolhardy - Nottingham City Council refused to comply with the request on the grounds that it was a waste of time and therefore money.

LGC alerted the nation to the cracks already appearing in the government’s Big Society programme with the revelation that Liverpool City Council was pulling out of its “vanguard” status.

TV producer and city cultural champion Phil Redmond said the project had been “subsumed” by the cuts in the spending review.

As March banged on the door, health secretary Andrew Lansley was warned that his NHS reforms were endangering the health and social care integration being advocated.

Leaders at seven highly integrated councils and primary care trusts said they feared the creation of PCT regional clusters would force them to unpick local arrangements.

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