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Council spending power to be cut by 1.8% as government grant drops 8.8%

18/12/2014Council spending power to be cut by 1.8% as government grant drops 8.8%

Councils in England will face an overall cut of 1.8% in their spending power next year, local government minister Kris Hopkins has stated.  Speaking in Parliament, he said “as pla... more >
Public libraries on brink of ‘disaster’ – Sieghart inquiry

18/12/2014Public libraries on brink of ‘disaster’ – Sieghart inquiry

Public libraries are on the brink of ‘absolute disaster’ and need to take inspiration from coffee shops to avoid large-scale closures, an independent inquiry’s report has recomm... more >
Lib Dems and May block Pickles’ council tax move

17/12/2014Lib Dems and May block Pickles’ council tax move

Communities secretary Eric Pickles has had his plans to force all councils and police authorities to hold a referendum if they want to raise council tax rise by more than 1% blocked by an allianc... more >

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Should DWP publish inquiries on benefit claimant suicides?

16/12/2014Should DWP publish inquiries on benefit claimant suicides?

Mental health and disability charities have called on the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to publish its internal reviews into suicides, which may have been linked to benefit changes. ... more >
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Crime recording

13/12/2014Crime recording

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Skills Gateway: Supercharging staff with a new training provider

13/12/2014Skills Gateway: Supercharging staff with a new training provider

Skills Gateway is a new, free service to help... more >
Listening to victims and those on the frontline – not just the police

13/12/2014Listening to victims and those on the frontline – not just the police

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Joint ventures on the rise?

13/12/2014Joint ventures on the rise?

Mark Johnson, head of public servic... more >
A question of trust: health and social care integration in Scotland

13/12/2014A question of trust: health and social care integration in Scotland

David Eardley, a senior manager at ... more >
Bigger than local

13/12/2014Bigger than local

There is a need for a bigger-than-l... more >

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13/12/2014Trust in town halls

George Osborne said something interesting during his Autumn Statement. “Six months ago people would have said it was completely impossible to get the 10 local authorities of Greater Manchester to come together with the government to agree a major devolution of power to the city and the creation of a new directly elected mayor.” What was most striking about this passage, actually, was not the ambition but the lack of it. This government has supposedly had a localist and... read more >

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Professionally disabled

Professionally disabled

Andy Rickell, CEO of Action on Disability and Work UK and a government adviser on disability issues, talks about the barriers and challenges for ... more > more last word articles >