With the country bracing itself for yet another winter of storms and heavy flooding, Luke Strickland of Ramboll Environ looks at the options available to local authorities. 

Theresa May has unveiled her vision for a "shared society" and plans to tackle the "hidden injustice" that affects people with mental health problems. But Paul Dossett, head of local government at Grant Thornton, says the problems with mental health care, while significant, are only a small part of the issues facing health and social care.

The Government sees Clean Air Zones as a key element in improving air quality and health, accelerating the transition to a low carbon economy and breaking the link between growth and pollution. But a recent High Court ruling sent the plans back to the drawing board.

Dr Alex Mardapittas, managing director of Powerstar, discusses how stored energy can assist local electricity infrastructure and reduce limitations hampering the wider adoption on electric vehicles throughout the UK.

Last winter's flooding was the most extreme on record, and the waters have already been rising again this year. For local authorities, planning and putting flood risk strategies in place is paramount, says Nicola Meadows, RWM event director at Ascential.

Mark Raeburn, managing director of Capita One, looks at the impact of the changes introduced to cut the number of children missing from education.

Was social care funding just too difficult a decision for the Government? Tony Pilkington, managing director of Younifi, offers his thoughts.

With personal injury cases on the rise - and potential compensation awarded from already scarce resources - Peter Wake and Ken Slade of law firm Weightmans discuss the issues that councils should consider when faced with defending highways claims in the face of breach of duty.

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.

Business intelligence software makes sense of council data and can improve the effectiveness of local authorities.

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