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.

Cross-sector conversation is needed to build innovative public sector leaders of the future, says Sanjay Mackintosh, head of strategic commissioning at Haringey Council.

The public sector must overhaul its debt collection practices, says Karen Banfield of Echo Managed Services

It's time for councils to address the deepening pothole problem, argues Andrew Jepp of Zurich Municipal.

Shared services can help local government meet residents' rising expectations of services, lower costs and transform delivery. But there are key issues to consider, says Gary Bell, executive director - outsourcing at Civica.

The football transfer window may be closing but the transfer window for local government is open all year round, says Chris Ginnelly, managing director of Civica Digital Solutions.

Could lane rentals - daily charges for utility companies carrying out roadworks - reduce delays and congestion on Britain's already busy roads? Jonathan Williams, product consultant at Yotta, takes a look.

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