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

Liz Wilson-Lamb, EU services manager at supply chain consultant Achilles, examines the implications of changes to European procurement rules for both buyers and suppliers. 

The Mid Staffs scandal put the spotlight on staffing levels in the NHS - but is the focus in the right place? 

Tom Collins, an associate at national law firm Weightmans, examines the implications of proposed changes to the judicial review process in light of the recent battle over HS2 at the Supreme

As parts of the country take another battering from storms and flooding, Mark Cantrell examines the increasingly desperate battle to keep the local roads network in working condition. 

Matt Skinner, innovation lead at FutureGov, examines how councils are embracing an open approach to driving digital innovation.

Mobile working is becoming increasingly popular in local government and, as Dr Bernard Parsons of Becrypt tells Andy Jowett, it is a tool to boost efficiency rather than an expensive luxury. 

BYOD policies have been hailed as a way of giving workforces greater flexibility, while freeing councils from having to constantly update technology as budgets are squeezed. But some believe key questions still need to be answered.

The role - and value - of chief executives in local government seems to be under scrutiny as never before. With budgets under pressure, more cuts to come and councils facing unprecedented changes in services and structure, what does the future hold for CEOs?

Local government offices across the UK have until 31 December to apply for a share of £50m worth of interest-free funds to invest in three energy-saving technologies that are proven to deliver a return on investment within five years.

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