Headlines: 16 September, 2014

Manchester should be given income-tax raising powers and complete control of spending within five years. ResPublica, a centre-right think tank, argues that these powers should be given to a Greater Manchester assembly. The proposals, published ahead of the Scottish independence referendum, could form a blueprint for full devolution to English cities. Phillip Blond, director of […]


Headlines: 11 September, 2014

Although there is some support for reducing the 43 forces to 24, the police service has chosen instead to deliver reform through a collaborative approach which is delivering greater efficiency. Home Secretary, Theresa May, speaking to the Superintendents conference said that when she came to office four years ago she invited police forces to present […]

Feature: 12 September, 2014

Patience Atkinson-Gregory has some tips for growing edible plants in containers in community spaces. Container gardening has become increasingly popular over the past decade, offering more flexibility than fixed beds and displays. Containers can be used to brighten up untidy areas and quirky spaces. This is also one of the reasons that councils and gardening […]

Abstract: 13 August, 2014

This report from the Department for Communities describes progress of the troubled families programme, the challenges being addressed and the insights gained into the underlying issues. Troubled families are families who both have problems and often cause problems – where children are truanting or excluded, where there is youth crime or anti-social behaviour and where […]

Review: 15 September, 2014

Behind the doom-laden headlines, a quiet revolution is taking place in the public sector. In the police… hospitals… local government… social welfare… costs have been significantly reduced, services have improved exponentially, and there is a real ‘danger’ of improving morale. There is now no politician or executive in any branch of local government or any […]

Review: 12 June, 2014

Graeme Davies and Geoff Garrett offer advice to leaders in the professions. In increasingly competitive, ‘knowledge worker’ environments, people working at all levels prize their freedom and resist direction. The challenging job of leading them can often feel like the business of ‘herding cats’. The benefits of having a highly educated, independent and proactive staff […]

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