Battle for the top job

 Battle for the top job
By Heather Jameson | August 7, 2020

As the Liberal Democrats vote for their next leader, in this exclusive interview, Heather Jameson spoke to the two leadership candidates about what local government means to them

  • Rebuilding Redbridge

    By Heather Jameson | July 28, 2020

    Redbridge LBC is one of the areas likely to be hit with the double whammy of a high impact from COVID-19 and low resilience, says a report from the Social Market Foundation. Heather Jameson reports.

  • What’s the recovery position?

    By Martin Ford | July 27, 2020

    The chancellor has opened the door to a less generous funding settlement for public services, but will he end up turning his back on a slash-and-burn approach? Martin Ford reports.

  • Closing the gap

    By Ann McGauran | July 21, 2020

    Jenny Coles, president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services, gives Ann McGauran a realistic picture of how local government will need to work to overcome the challenges faced by many children and families post-COVID.

  • It takes two

    By Ann McGauran | July 20, 2020

    A £3bn winter funding boost for the NHS has highlighted a lack of focus on an adult social care sector that's been under pressure long before the COVID pandemic. Ann McGauran looks at the growing need for a joined up approach.


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