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20 12 Analysis Analysis


  • Unfinished business

    By Ann McGauran | May 4, 2021

    With the public finances in an ‘astonishingly difficult’ position, will the Government prioritise the investment needed to ensure a long-term future for social care - and what is its vision? Ann McGauran reports from the ADASS spring seminar.

  • A delicate balance

    By Martin Ford | April 28, 2021

    Whether it will achieve its lofty, yet nebulous, objectives and relentless focus north of the Watford Gap, the Government’s levelling up agenda has a long way to go. Martin Ford reports.

  • A sense of hope for the future

    April 28, 2021

    The new president of the ADCS Charlotte Ramsden talks to Ann McGauran about her aim of making this the ‘year of resetting our ambition for children and young people in this country’.

  • A legacy in London

    By Heather Jameson | April 22, 2021

    John O’Brien is stepping down as chief executive of London Councils after 14 years. Heather Jameson steers one of the most understated people in London government round to talking about his achievements.

  • Problematic predictions

    By Paul Wheeler | April 22, 2021

    Paul Wheeler looks at how the Super Thursday electoral feast is shaping up. He highlights the key trends that are marking these ‘postal vote elections’.

  • ‘My pandemic isn’t over until yours is’

    By Alice Wiseman | April 21, 2021

    To build back better after COVID-19 we must start to view the health of our population as an asset, says Alice Wiseman – and this means investing in the conditions that create it.

  • Some Bold moves for Brum

    By Heather Jameson | April 15, 2021

    Heather Jameson talks to Birmingham City Council leader Ian Ward about the search for a chief executive and his hopes for a bold recovery for Birmingham.

  • The risks of Sunak’s freeports

    By Paul Marinko | April 13, 2021

    The freeports policy is poised to be a main plank of the levelling up agenda. But there are concerns they could become hotspots for organised crime – risks that could lead to significant extra burdens for councils. Paul Marinko reports.

  • Liverpool looks to the future

    By Heather Jameson | April 8, 2021

    Chief executive of Liverpool City Council Tony Reeves talks to Heather Jameson about the damning Caller report that followed the arrest of former Mayor Joe Anderson, and insists the council is addressing its weaknesses.

  • Pushing for influence on the national stage

    By Heather Jameson | March 30, 2021

    Heather Jameson talks to chief executive of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council, Graham Farrant, about the outlook for local communities and economies two years on from the birth of the new unitary.

  • Inequality matters

    By Ann McGauran | March 29, 2021

    A conference has delved into the most crucial issues facing local government public health leaders and their communities a year on from the first lockdown. Ann McGauran reports.

  • Reining in the risks?

    By Dan Peters | March 24, 2021

    South Somerset DC takes an entrepreneurial approach that it says has turned it into a council that no longer cuts services. But will the current review of the prudential framework inhibit the sector from spreading investment risk? Dan Peters reports [..]