Staring into the jobs abyss

Staring into the jobs abyss
By Ann McGauran | September 22, 2020

With the furlough scheme due to finish at the end of next month, can local government support COVID-hit local economies and residents left without work? Ann McGauran talks to sector experts.

  • No going back on audit

    By Heather Jameson | September 15, 2020

    Heather Jameson talks to the author of The Redmond Review Sir Tony Redmond about the flaws in local government audit, the need for a new body to manage, oversee and regulate – and what will happen if his recommendations aren’t implemented quickly.

  • Community power – a step forwards?

    By Heather Jameson | September 9, 2020

    A recent virtual round table debate hosted by The MJ discussed the recent trend towards councils empowering local communities. Is it a real or just a cynical way of driving down costs, and will it require a significant cultural shift to work? [..]

  • A Programme of change for Scotland

    By Heather Jameson | September 8, 2020

    Scotland’s new Programme for Government offered Indyref 2 as the showstopper, but for local government across the UK the focus will be on the findings of a review to consider the move to a National Care Service. Heather Jameson reports.

  • Mind the gap in Scotland

    By Michael Burton | September 8, 2020

    The latest figures show Scotland’s deficit between income and spending compared to the deficit for the whole of the UK has widened. Michael Burton delves into the statistics.


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