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Northamptonshire on the brink

Things lurch from bad to worse in Northamptonshire. Following the issue of a second section 114 notice and a scathing letter to councillors from the Finance Director condemning years of financial mismanagement that have left the council on the brink of collapse and needing to find another £60 – 70 million saving this year. The…

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Don’t be the next Blockbuster Video

Is digitalisation the reason for a decline in volunteering? Or is it something else? Paul Reddish, CEO of ProjectScotland, discusses how to get more people from all walks in life engaged in volunteering and community action.

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Not quite the one we’ve been waiting for: the LGA’s Adult Social Care Green Paper

We welcome this week’s publication of the Local Government Association’s Green Paper on Adult Social Care and wellbeing The Lives We Want to Lead. Someone had to do it. The Government’s promised green paper appears to have been kicked beyond the long grass and into dense thicket, and it’s beyond time local government took the…

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Viewpoint: Teacher vacancies a varied picture

The news that teacher numbers were down in 2017, as measured by the DfE’s School Workforce Census, doesn’t tell the whole story, says Oxfordshire Councillor John Howson.

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LGiU Fortnightly 27th July: Fixing council funding

What next for local government finance? This week we discuss our newest publication, the Local Finance Scorecard, in which we explore the options for sustainable funding post-2020. Plus the highlights from our subscriber-only Daily News service and policy briefings, including developers being given power to overwrite local plans, the delayed social housing green paper, proposals…

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California dreaming…

A recent trip Stateside has left Janet Sillett pondering the lessons that local government across the globe could learn from each other.

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Helping Businesses with their First Class Ideas

Fiona Hutchison, Senior Engagement Executive at Interface, blogs for us about the links that they can help foster between graduates, businesses and universities, and the subsequent benefits of this.

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Viewpoint: Local authorities are paving the way to tackling inequality

Some local authorities are taking a lead in delivering on the socio-economic duty of the Equality Act, even though it is not a statutory requirement. Dr Koldo Casla introudces Just Fair’s research which examines these examples and what makes them work.

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Viewpoint: Crisis comms – lessons from Greater Manchester Police

Amanda Coleman, head of corporate communications at Greater Manchester Police, recently presented a webinar for Vuelio on Crisis Comms, Lessons from Greater Manchester Police. She discussed the Manchester Arena bombing and the importance of keeping people at the heart of your response. The webinar included a live Q&A, and afterwards she spoke to Vuelio’s  Jake O’Neill. Can you walk…

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