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  • Pickles threatens on London's 'town hall Pravdas'Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles has threatened to issue legal directions to compel five London councils to limit the frequency of town hall newspapers, accusing some authorities of acting like Vladimir Putin in their approach to scrutiny. 17 April 2014
  • LGA poll finds support for council control of school placesNearly nine out of ten people believe that government restrictions on councils opening new schools should be lifted, according to a poll carried out for the Local Government Association 17 April 2014
  • Police find 'no evidence of criminality' at Tower HamletsThe Metropolitan Police today said it had seen no 'credible evidence of criminality' at the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and would not be investigating further 16 April 2014
  • Coalition backs powers for Scottish island councilsScotland's island councils look certain to win increased autonomy from Holyrood regardless of the outcome of the independence referendum, after Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael threw the weight of the UK Coalition behind their demands for more powers. 16 April 2014


  • Chris Leslie Chris Leslie interview: Labour's new broomShadow Treasury chief secretary Chris Leslie says that he wants to 'declutter' public services and chuck out the deficit. He talks to PF about Labour's economic makeover 24 March 2014
  • Davos_Shutterstock On top of the worldThe chancellor will use the Budget to reinforce the prime minister's recovery message to the World Economic Forum at Davos. But rising house prices and consumption threaten to suck in imports, while the UK's export markets are running into trouble 04 March 2014
  • AandE_Shutterstock The day of reckoningOne year on from the Francis report on the Mid Staffs scandal, the NHS faces a huge challenge. How to reconcile the radical quality improvements it calls for with the severe financial pressures facing trusts? 06 February 2014
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