Analysis

  • Pest awareness in local government

    Dee Ward-Thompson outlines some of the main issues facing councils in pest control, and gives insight into a pioneering scheme from one local authority.

    Pest awareness in local government
  • Taking a new approach to apprenticeships

    Cornwall Council explains how it has re-evaluated its approach to apprenticeships, setting an ambitious target of 500 by 2021.

    Taking a new approach to apprenticeships
  • Nowhere to play?

    New research from the Association of Play Industries has revealed the scale of decline in playgrounds across England. LGN finds out more.

    Nowhere to play?
  • NPPF: Where now for planning?

    Sam Dewar, who believes planning has become too impersonal and systematic, considers what’s likely to be included in changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

    NPPF: Where now for planning?
  • Smart city tech for local challenges?

    How do local authorities take advantage of ‘smart-city’ technology in an affordable and realistic way? Miguel Lira and Amy Barker investigate.

    Smart city tech for local challenges?
  • Resourceful partners

    This summer, with the support of three councils, the HERU (Home Energy Resources Unit) will be going out for field trials. Ruth Corrall and Vic Allison looks at the HERU and what the councils hope to achieve with their involvement.

    Resourceful partners
  • DPS – A flexible way to procure

    Paul Smith urges councils to consider Dynamic Purchasing Systems (DPSs) as a pioneering approach to procurement and outlines the five top reasons for considering the use of a DPS.

    DPS – A flexible way to procure
  • LED street lighting and public health

    The Institution of Lighting Professionals explains why LED street lighting does not pose a risk to public health when specified and installed correctly.

    LED street lighting and public health
  • The indicators of distress

    Christian Wall outlines some of the warning signs that a council may be in financial distress.

    The indicators of distress
  • The scale of council investment in commercial property

    A new study has revealed local authorities have invested £3.8bn in commercial property to save struggling town centres. Dr Steve Norris and Ed Cooke report on the findings.

    The scale of council investment in commercial property
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