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Local Government Association

The Local Government Association lobbies and campaigns for changes in policy, legislation and funding on behalf of its member councils and the people and communities they serve. It is a voluntary membership body and its 422 member authorities cover every part of England and Wales. Together they represent over 50 million people and spend around 113bn a year on local services.

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Unison panned over 'yes' in strike ballot
The public sector union has been told to ''think twice'' about taking its members on strike on 30 November

Unison: ''Stop this cut price social work''
Social work assistants and support workers are being used as ''social workers on the cheap'', according to Unison

Cooper: ''We got it wrong on immigration''
''We should have introduced the points-based system much earlier,'' says shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper

Scottish police win praise
Scotland's eight regional police forces have won praise for achieving a reduction in reported crime alongside significant financial savings

Plan cuts pension costs ''by £900m a year''
The LGA's Local Government Group says that contributions wouldn't need to rise for two years


Who will police the politicians?
Professor Richard Kerley looks at coalition proposals that dramatically challenge some long standing traditions and features of the UK's policing system

Light the blue touchpaper...
The Open Public Services White Paper aims to give people the chance to shape services to meet their needs. But Ian Briggs, who chairs Public Service Events' Public Sector Reform conference, suggests the pace of change may be too quick

Digital without delay
Is outsourcing the best remedy for digitalising NHS medical records? Glen Thornton, of Capita Total Document Solutions, makes the case for commercial businesses