English devolution is climbing up the agenda and both main political parties are seem to more decentralisation. Are we on the verge of a new era in local government or another false dawn?

Alex Rabbetts, chief executive of data centre consultancy MigSolv, looks at the "potent" security risks of cloud storage for local authorities.

Mark Johnson, a partner in the Public Services Team at law firm Geldards, considers the issues and challenges facing authorities tasked with securing greater integration of health and social c

Catherine Kift, director and head of local government interim management at Veredus, calls on council executive teams to drive forward change in the digital age. 

James Cleary of Veredus Interim Management examines how the London housing crisis is affecting local government talent strategies. 

Transport for London (TfL) has recently announced it will work with small firms for the £330m redevelopment of 70 of its train stations, something construction expert Richard Selby believes local authorities could learn from.   

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.

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