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Northern lights

Martin Swales believes the North East’s International Advanced Manufacturing Park demonstrates the strong role local government can play in driving the UK economy.

Tightening two-tier ties

While some two-tier areas are at loggerheads over reorganisation, Cllr Louise Goldsmith explains how strengthening partnerships between counties and districts is paying off.

Independence way

Gill Steward explains how Bexley LBC’s services for older and disabled adults will enable them to feel part of the wider community and not merely patients in the health and social care system

Making Ashford a borough for business

Tracey Kerly explains how Ashford BC is seeking out innovative ways to generate income in the pursuit of self-sufficiency

Data analysis is no croaking matter

Data has sprung up the local government agenda in recent years. Tom Symons says it will take more than just good analytics if councils are going to create genuine social impact

A win-win for Wolverhampton

Last summer Wolverhampton City Council won the Best Council Service Team category in The MJ Local Government Achievement Awards 2016 for its innovative commercialisation of its three leisure centres