Headlines: 26 February, 2015

Councils in Greater Msnchester are to be given a single budget to manage health and social care across the area. The £6bn budget will allow Greater Manchester to integrate health and social care and provide a seamless service. The devolved power agreement is expected to be confirmed in a few days. The effect will be […]


Headlines: 19 February, 2015

The National Association of Local Councils has called for the next Government to bring in a series of measures to put communities more in control of their areas through stronger local democracy, fairer funding and more powers. ?? The Association plans to hold a ‘lobby day’ of Parliament after the General Election, which will include […]

Feature: 27 February, 2015

In this feature Nigel Crunden explores the wider issues of public sector procurement beyond the process of acquiring goods, works and services. The UK public sector spends around £23bn each year on the procurement of goods, works and services, which accounts for around a third of overall public sector expenditure. Public sector procurement is therefore […]

Abstract: 14 January, 2015

Councils are often being given the cold shoulder in Government discussions about community energy policy, a team of Sheffield Hallam academics has claimed. The team from the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research say Government is often switched-off when it comes to how local authorities can support community energy policy – where communities work […]

Review: 25 February, 2015

Gerry Reffo and Valerie Wark explain how Political Intelligence sets successful leaders apart. Business, government and civil society must find new and better ways to work together to crack the calculus for sustainable growth and create a brighter future. Political Intelligence (PQ) is becoming a new leadership requirement that will allow governments and businesses to […]

Review: 8 January, 2015

Mark Gallagher explains how to build teams in a high-pressure, high-stakes environment. Everyone has his or her own personal traits, ambitions, strengths and weaknesses. By investing in our staff and providing equitable support to all we can build a cohesive, motivated team. Motivation is a cocktail, not a straight shot. Money is only one aspect, […]

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