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2010: localism and governing ‘with the people’

December 21, 2009 by Andy Sawford

The body politic faces two overarching and intertwined challenges in 2010 and beyond. The first is to begin to restore the public’s trust in the people they elect. The memory of the parliamentary expenses scandal will linger long in the public consciousness. Councillors can rebuild the political system by establishing…


Public sector spending

December 4, 2009 by Andy Sawford

The recession is doggedly continuing and the character of the upturn, in speed and extent, is very uncertain.   Modelling the future, given the variables, is difficult, but latest analysis from CIPFA of public sector finances predicts a contraction of expenditure of between 7.5% and 15% in the next spending round…


Crystal Balls

January 5, 2009 by Jonathan Carr-West

The beginning of a new year normally sees a rash of predictions as commentators of all descriptions tell us what they think the next 12 months will hold. Of course at LGiU we’re keen to get in on the act, but the sheer unpredictability of last year gives us pause…