04 May 2018

Newly-elected councillors inherit a challenging mix of rising demands and smaller budgets. Graham Atkins sets out five questions they need to ask their officials.

09 April 2018

The Home Secretary is right to insist that reversing cuts to police numbers is not the solution to tackling the rise in violent crime. But the new Serious Crime Strategy is unlikely to solve the problem either, argues Dr Emily Andrews.

07 March 2018

The Chancellor will set out the UK's economic outlook in a pared-down Spring Statement next week. Bronwen Maddox offers her advice on what he could say. 

07 February 2018

Northamptonshire’s financial difficulties are a warning about the sustainability of local government finances. But it’s also a sign of much deeper issues in Whitehall, argues Dr Emily Andrews.

22 November 2017

In the Budget, the Chancellor gave money to Brexit, the NHS and housing. Bronwen Maddox looks at how the announcements stack up, saying he cannot afford to be this generous for long.

13 November 2017

The Chancellor may break the pay cap for more public sector workers in the upcoming Budget. But he shouldn’t channel money into wages at the expense of solving the real public service pressures, argues Dr Emily Andrews.

31 October 2017

The latest social care data shows that the Government must start planning now for what will happen when the money runs out, argues Lucy Campbell.

26 October 2017

Our latest Performance Tracker report finds government trapped in a costly ‘crisis, cash, repeat’ cycle of spending decisions. Dr Alice Lilly says there are three ways it can break out of this cycle —and there are signs of steps in the right direction.

10 October 2017

Headlines on public services pressures are piling up, and pre-Budget calls for more cash are beginning in earnest. Dr Emily Andrews says the Chancellor faces serious constraints – and that spending more money can't be the only answer.

04 October 2017

While the policies announced in the Prime Minister's speech today present a coherent vision, they offer piecemeal answers to big problems, argues Bronwen Maddox.

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