Analysis

  • Procurement problems

    The latest Highways/FiTZ INDEX survey has revealed deep concerns within the highways sector about the nature of procurement. Dominic Browne reports on the findings.

    Procurement problems
  • The future of the high street

    Tiffany Cloynes and Gillian Duckworth explore how councils can support the increasingly fragile high street, finding out why Sheffield City Council has put itself at the forefront of centre shopping development.

    The future of the high street
  • The adoption system under pressure

    Kevin Yong uncovers some worrying trends in the latest statistics on adoption in England.

    The adoption system under pressure
  • A missed opportunity?

    The Mental Health (Amendment) Bill should soften financial and operational pressure on local authorities, but it will still leave them open to legal exposure, argues Morris Hill.

    A missed opportunity?
  • A sign of cutting corners?

    With figures revealing the number of complaints about local councils are on the rise, what does this say about the performance of the sector? Neil Merrick investigates.

    A sign of cutting corners?
  • A 'wake-up call' for the sector

    With figures showing thousands of older people are living in hazardous homes, William Eichler finds out what can be done to provide more suitable accommodation for the UK's ageing population.

    A 'wake-up call' for the sector
  • International education spending: a statistical minefield

    Mark Whitehead investigates the Government's 'seemingly casual' approach to data when it comes to education spending.

    International education spending: a statistical minefield
  • Surrey’s A team starts its plan B

    Counties across the country are grappling with tighter budgets. Heather Jameson talks to Surrey CC's Joanna Killian about the authority's financial woes.

    Surrey’s A team starts its plan B
  • Is the declining high street a final nail in the coffin of local government services?

    Nigel Wilcock, executive director of the Institute of Economic Development, explores the link between the declining high street and local services.

    Is the declining high street a final nail in the coffin of local government services?
  • Has outsourcing had its day?

    The conviction for fraud of a former Barnet council employee was a poor advertisement for outsourcing. Mark Whitehead considers whether it has run its course.

    Has outsourcing had its day?
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