Gavin Jones, the new chief executive of Essex County Council, sets out the daunting challenge local authorities face - and the vital importance of leadership in tackling that challenge. I am the new chief executive of an organisation that needs to...

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Service reform is a key part of the devolution agenda embraced by local and central government, but it is critical that service users are involved in the process. Danny Slater and Kim Archer explain how one place is making this happen A great many...

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Against the backdrop of a changing landscape in public service delivery, Chris Wright of Catch 22 discusses the role of alternative service delivery providers. If we are serious about transformation in public services, it is important to accept...

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Essex Fire and Rescue has taken an innovative approach to funding its Firebreak programme, through crowd-funding. By utilising a finance initiative like crowd-funding it was hoped that the Fire Service will be able to help more young people in...

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