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Do councils have the financial resilience to survive Covid-19?

Do councils have the financial resilience to survive…

Is the allocated emergency funding sufficient?

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The bad behavioural science of more money for local government

The bad behavioural science of more money for local…

More money for local government is good news – as long as the response to it is the right one…

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Why the narrative on children’s services needs to change

Why the narrative on children’s services needs to change

Today, we launch our report in association with the NLGN on the transformation of children's…

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Which councils are best at supporting children with high needs?

Which councils are best at supporting children with high…

Our Top 10 ranking of councils in relation to high needs has today been published by The MJ.

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Time to reassess children’s mental health

Time to reassess children’s mental health

Time and again over the past five years, children’s social workers have told me that the…

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Social care precept: The local implications of a national debate

Social care precept: The local implications of a national…

Yesterday it was reported that Theresa May is considering allowing councils to increase the social care precept to cover the…

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Budget 2016 response: Devolution under threat

Budget 2016 response: Devolution under threat

The Chancellor’s business rate reduction in today’s Budget is a bitter pill for local government to swallow. Just when it…

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The polarisation of adult social care

The polarisation of adult social care

Our recent survey of around 100 Council chief executives and senior directors showed that the financial sustainability of adult social…

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The Spending Review: Tough choices to make

The Spending Review: Tough choices to make

The social care council tax precept is good politics for George Osborne and bad politics for local government. He’s devolving…

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The Spending Review Cometh

The Spending Review Cometh

Find your nearest stack of recent local government trade magazines and place your hands above them. Can you feel the…

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How big is your impact?

How big is your impact?

There is something altogether tragic about the media furore surrounding the Kids Company charity. Positively Shakespearian. To some their maligned…

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