Fuelling the future

Fuelling the future
By Hiba Mahamadi | August 16, 2019

Hiba Mahamadi looks at how the two councils who have stepped in to the energy market have fared so far and at whether the future lies in striking up white label partnerships.

  • Social care feels the squeeze on staffing

    By Michael Burton | August 14, 2019

    The increasing shortage of adult care staff has been highlighted in two reports last week, with the sector having the second highest vacancy rate among public services. Michael Burton reports

  • Taking the next steps

    By Ann McGauran | August 6, 2019

    Cllr David Williams steps into the role of new chairman of the County Councils’ Network in September. Ann McGauran talks to him about his priorities and plans.

  • Revolving doors at the ministry

    July 30, 2019

    Last week’s reshuffle saw the appointment of the fourth communities secretary since 2015 and the ninth housing minister in eight years as Michael Burton reports

  • Standards bearer

    By Heather Jameson | July 17, 2019

    As communities secretary James Brokenshire launched a review of the local government audit regime, he spoke to Heather Jameson about his plans to drive governance and performance


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