Shining a strong light

Shining a strong light
By Paul Marinko | January 15, 2020

The Local Government Association is about to launch a review of its peer challenge process. Paul Marinko asks whether the approach is robust enough to meet the demands of a tough financial climate.

  • A gap that will prove hard to close

    By Dan Peters | January 9, 2020

    Dan Peters investigates the scale of the funding challenge faced by the 32 councils told by the Government to bring their SEND funding deficit back into balance within three years.

  • Councils are faring well on finance

    By Heather Jameson | January 9, 2020

    Last month, CIPFA published its resilience index tool – and the picture for local government is better than expected. Heather Jameson looks at the data.

  • Rooted in the real world

    By Ann McGauran | January 9, 2020

    Director of the New Local Government Network, Adam Lent, talks to Ann McGauran about the impact made by the think-tank during his three years of leadership and the next steps for empowering communities.

  • Ringing the changes

    By Jonathan Werran | December 16, 2019

    Localis chief executive Jonathan Werran on how the Johnson government might seek to tackle the challenges brought by its unexpectedly broad mandate.


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