Headlines: 18 December, 2014

Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles has called on councils to be more open about top earners and prove to taxpayers they are getting value for money. Councils have shown pay restraint in top salaries and the vast of councils have reduced the number of town hall staff on high salaries. However, latest figures for the […]


Headlines: 17 December, 2014

The Local Government Pensions Scheme risks running out of cash to meet pensions in payment. Last year 30 of the 89 funds in England and Wales experienced negative net cashflow as contributions fell behind benefit payments. This situation is expected to deteriorate, as the scheme’s headcount declines and the membership ages. The Centre for Policy […]

Feature: 12 December, 2014

Over the past 12 months, 40 per cent of the UK’s local authority swimming pools have faced permanent and temporary closures*, and with 77 per cent of these built pre-millennium and 43 per cent pre-1980, the demands for renovations are looking likely to grow over the coming years. Swimming pools incur high running costs and […]

Abstract: 28 November, 2014

There’s enough brownfield land to build more than one million homes across England with new analysis revealing that a quarter of it is owned by councils. Developers are reluctant to use brownfield land because of higher development costs. In London, a massive 40 percent of brownfield land with potential to build on is owned by […]

Review: 31 October, 2014

For more than twenty years, management expert Bruce Tulgan has been asking, “What are the most difficult challenges you face when it comes to managing people?” Regardless of industry or job title, managers cite the same core issues—27 recurring challenges: the superstar whom the manager is afraid of losing, the slacker whom the manager cannot […]

Review: 16 October, 2014

Workplace authenticity should matter to everyone, but does the responsibility for it lie with managers or individuals? Robin Ryde and Lisa Sofianos set out their philosophy. The management task, and the responsibility that sits with the organization as a whole to support authenticity, is important. Let’s be clear that full success depends on leaders, managers […]

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