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Osborne shows devolution is work in progress

March 20, 2015 by Jonathan Carr-West

The Budget announcements on greater powers for local authorities demonstrate that the Chancellor and the Treasury are serious about fiscal devolution, writes Jonathan Carr-West in a post that first appeared on Public Finance website.



Mayors who crossed the line: a Tennessee tribute

March 16, 2015 by Ingrid Koehler

This article originally appeared in the February issue of C’llr magazine that included a special feature on mayors.  My childhood, and perhaps my formative political memories were formed by three politicians from my home state of Tennessee. While the scandal and stink of bad mayors and machine politics in Chicago or…



The Signal and the Noise

March 12, 2015 by Jonathan Carr-West

Child sexual exploitation revelations over the last few weeks have been truly horrific and should give pause to all of us involved in public services.


Websites for Local Democracy

March 11, 2015 by Hannah Blythe

Hannah Blythe discusses the value of online communication in local democracy.


Tackling child sexual exploitation

March 10, 2015 by John Fowler

John Fowler on the eye-catching statements made by the Prime Minister at last week's Downing Street summit on preventing child exploitation.



Lamb and Pickles and the evidence for good care

March 5, 2015 by Ingrid Koehler

The Resolution Foundation has just published a new report on the living wage for social care workers: As if we cared: The cost and benefits of a living wage for social care workers. This report reinforces the recommendations of Key to Care: report of the Burstow Commission on the Future of…


The State of Care in Counties Inquiry

March 4, 2015 by Jonathan Carr-West

The County All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) launched its second inquiry report "The State of Care in Counties: The Integration Imperative" this week with support from the LGiU and County Councils Network (CCN). Our full analysis here.


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