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A coalition of northern local government leaders has called for full powers governing the management of all rail infrastructure to be handed to the region.

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Magistrates can make a difference

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A fresh start for Salford

Salford has seen a wave of regeneration in the past 30 years. Sam Clayden speaks to the council’s chief executive about its journey.

Welsh Government unveils £260m infrastructure investment

The Welsh Government has announced new capital funding totaling £266m for projects including schools, transport links and broadband.

1% pay deal ‘disappointing’

ALACE chiefs joined by senior sector figures in frustation at focus on supposedly high pay for chief executives

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Plugged In

For reasons which need not concern readers, last week I found myself leafing through a copy of the 1998 Comprehensive Spending Review. It was certainly striking to take a step back into the world of public service reform of almost 10 years ago...

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Succession planning is critical for any organisation, but particularly for local government, which has an ageing workforce. Dr Wendy Hirsh writes

Lancashire CC to bring BT services back in-house

Lancashire CC has announced it is bringing several services back in-house from its controversial partnership with BT, One Connect Limited (OCL).