GEORGE OSBORNE has been reprimanded by a parliamentary watchdog on former ministers' appointments after he announced the launch of his new think tank, the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, without consulting it.
Councils often use long-term contracts for the provision of important services. But circumstances change, sometimes dramatically, so how can local authorities prepare themselves to ensure they don't end up a hostage to fortune? Tiffany Cloynes of law firm Geldards takes a look.
MPs have called for a radical overhaul of flood management in England, with a new national commissioner responsible for long-term risk reduction, greater use of farmland to store water and changes to Building Regulations to make developers liable for the damage caused if they ignore flood regulations.
SOCIAL CARE for adults is slipping into a deepening crisis, with overspends projects to hit nearly half a billion pounds, further closures of homes and increased handing back of contracts, a new report has warned.