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Labour 'won't ease up' on budget cuts
[Jun 10, 2014, by Jonathan Werran, the MJ]
An incoming Labour government would stick to existing coalition fiscal targets for returning the Government’s current budget to surplus and decrease national debt over the next Parliament, shadow ministers have declared.

Growth Agenda: 'Get off your butts!' Lord Heseltine tells struggling areas
[Jun 4, 2014, by Jonathan Werran, the MJ]
Coalition growth guru Lord Heseltine told struggling areas to ‘get off their butts’ and understand how they could re-engineer their local economies.

Europe urges UK council tax revaluation
[Jun 3, 2014, by Mark Smulian, the LGC]
The UK should carry out a council tax revaluation and increase charges on higher value properties, the European Commission has said.

Dalton unveils plans for hospital reform
[May 30, 2014, by Crispin Dowler, LGC]
The hospital chief heading a major government review has spoken for the first time about the reforms he thinks will be needed to accelerate the spread of new organisational forms across the provider landscape.

Sparks pledges robust leadership as LGA chair
[May 29, 2014, by Richard Johnstone, Public Finance]
The new chair of the Local Government Association has pledged to be robust in representing the position of councils to government during ‘critical times for local government’.

New LGA chair: I'll end 'consensus at all costs' approach
[May 28, 2014, by Kaye Wiggins, LGC]
The LGA is set to give its political groups a greater role in speaking out about government policies, abandoning its cross-party approach to lobbying on controversial issues, its likely next chair has revealed.

Labour and Ukip make councillor gains
[May 27, 2014, by Richard Johnstone, Public Finance]
Labour and Ukip have made gains across England in the early results in the local elections after counting following Thursday’s polls.

Polling day: Town halls await results as experts predict Labour gains
[May 22, 2014, by Mark Smulian, the LGC]
Elections will be held today for 4,216 seats in 161 councils in England, with town halls waiting to see if an expected increase in support for Ukip in the simultaneous European Parliament elections carries through into local results.

Voters heading to polls for European and council elections
[May 22, 2014, by BBC]
Millions of people are voting in the European election and local council polls in England and Northern Ireland on Thursday.

Co-production could save billions, says choice guru
[May 21, 2014, by Richard Johnstone, Public Finance]
Involving users in public service delivery could unlock billions of pounds in savings, a report by the government’s reviewer of public service choice has concluded.

Greatest threat to Britain's financial stability is housing, says Carney
[May 19, 2014, by Daniel Douglas, Inside Housing]
Housing is the greatest threat to financial stability within the British economy, according to Mark Carney.

MPs attack Whitehall over local growth
[May 16, 2014, by Mark Smulian, the LGC]
A spending drive will be needed this year if Whitehall is to get all the money allocated for local growth into use.

Council tax outdated and inequitable, says IFS
[May 15, 2014, by Chris Smith, LGC]
The future of council tax is uncertain, according to the head of an influential economic think tank.

NAO to investigate Whitehall's understanding of council cuts
[May 14, 2014, by Kaye Wiggins, LGC]
The government spending watchdog is to investigate whether Whitehall understands the impact on councils of five years of funding cuts, amid warnings from the sector of a bleak financial future.

CIPFA joins drive to boost health and social care integration
[May 13, 2014, by Vivienne Russell, Public Finance]
CIPFA has joined forces with the Healthcare Finance Managers Association and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services to discuss what their members can do to progress the integration of health and social care.

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