With extreme weather like the winter floods set to become more common, Chris Cullis, business manager resilience at Frazer-Nash Consultancy, looks at the crucial role of local authorities in modelling effective responses to a regional crisis. 

Matthew Sanders, chief executive of recruitment specialist de Poel, discusses the importance of workforce planning as the make-up of local government changes and budget shrink.

Jan Crosby, UK head of housing at KPMG, argues that local government needs greater flexibility and radical new powers to help turn the tide of the housing crisis.

Tilden Watson, head of education at Zurich Municipal, looks at the challenges councils face providing school places in a changing education environment.

Mark Johnson, head of public services at law firm Geldards, looks at the future of legal services as budgets come under pressure.

Steve Philpott, chief executive of the newly christened Places for People Leisure, talks to Andy Jowett about local government's changing perception of the value of physical activity, the challenges facing leisure services and the landmark deal that he hopes will be a game-changer in the sector.

Ben Matthews, consultant at FutureGov, says confidence and commitment are needed to bridge the digital divide in local government. 

Ben Matthews of FutureGov looks at the challenges facing local government in going digital - and how councils can unlock the potential benefits. 

The transfer of responsibility for public health to local authorities was described as one of the biggest policy shifts for decades. How have councils coped in the first year - and where do they go from here?

Mark Johnson, head of public services at law firm Geldards, looks at the future of legal services as back office budgets come under pressure.

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