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The financial crisis in Birmingham City Council

22/02/2024

Dr James Brackley and Prof. Adam Leaver of the Audit Reform Lab call for an urgent value for money assessment of Birmingham CC's proposed cuts and asset sales.

Street Scar: why the utilities firms ruin our streets and how to stop it

19/02/2024

Nicholas Boys Smith, founder and chairman of Create Streets, explains what needs to be done to help local authorities prevent 'street scarring'.

The Trading Standards Crisis

15/02/2024

John Herriman, chief executive at the Chartered Trading Standards Institute, discusses the impact of the local government funding crisis on Trading Standards.

The joys of inclusive play

12/02/2024

Nathalie Esfandi, co-founder of the Fair Play playground, discusses the important role local councils can play in creating inclusive play environments.

Changing lanes: why moving to an Open Market model for parking is the right choice for councils

08/02/2024

Peter O’Driscoll, Managing Director at RingGo, makes the case for an Open Market model for parking.

The Temporary Housing Dilemma: a strategic approach

07/02/2024

Darya Kolas, Partner & Head of Social Housing at Copping Joyce, discusses the temporary housing dilemma facing local authorities.

Social housing reform: a recipe for more homelessness and litigation?

05/02/2024

Helen Tucker, litigation partner in the social housing team at Anthony Collins, warns the Government's social housing reforms could lead to more litigation.

Scrutinising your approach to risk

30/01/2024

Councils are scrutinising their approach to risk in light of the difficult economic conditions. Gordon Winstanley, McLarens, looks at the implications.

Councils must adapt to extreme weather threat

24/01/2024

Cara Jenkinson, Cities Manager, Ashden discusses how local authorities can adapt to the threat of extreme weather.

The new Centre for Young Lives

22/01/2024

Anne Longfield CBE, the chair of the Commission on Young Lives, discusses the launch of the Centre for Young Lives this month.

Community Ownership: defending the assets that matter most

16/01/2024

Co-operative Party General Secretary, Joe Fortune, explains how community ownership can help revive the struggling British high street.

2024: an epochal year of change and transition

12/01/2024

Jonathan Werran, chief executive, Localis looks at what is coming down the tracks for local government in the year ahead.

Velocity’s low carbon interventions help prevent and repair potholes

11/01/2024

With National Pothole Day upon us once more, highways maintenance specialists Velocity discuss their innovative spray-injection patching technique.

Leveraging tech to tackle black mould

09/01/2024

Deborah Matthews, MRI Software, looks at how arming onsite teams with the right tech can empower social housing providers to be proactive on black mould.

Tackling cyber vulnerabilities

08/01/2024

James Young, CTO at Cantium Business Solutions, discusses how vulnerability management can play an important part in managing cyber security risk.

Review of 2023: a year in planning

20/12/2023

Karen Charles, executive director, Boyer (part of Leaders Romans Group), takes a look back at developments in planning policy over the last year.

How local authorities can inspire sustainable investment

20/12/2023

Helena Rivers, net zero lead at AECOM, argues that while appetite for climate initiatives may vary on within central government, local authorities have the power to act now and drive a meaningful transition.

Implementing the new voter ID requirement

18/12/2023

Baroness Drake, chair of the House of Lords Constitution Committee, discusses how implementation of the new voter ID requirement could be improved.

Online Safety – Time to Act

08/12/2023

Schools still have work to do despite onus being put on online platforms to conform to new safeguarding legislation, says safeguarding expert Mark Bentley.

Luton Airport Expansion – how much growth is too much?

06/12/2023

As COP28 continues, Cllr Richard Roberts, Herts County Council, criticises Luton Airport's plans to increase passenger numbers to 32 million a year.

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