Chris Wilkinson of Siemens Financial Services looks at citizen self-service and its contribution to a 'smart' environment with the help of asset finance.

By Andrew Jepp, managing director, Zurich Municipal

ON WEDNESDAY, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Phillip Hammond MP, delivered his first - and final - Spring Budget before the House of Commons following his announcement in November that the fiscal statement is to be condensed into one Autumn Budget, and a Spring Statement will be introduced from 2018.

Mark Raeburn, managing director of Capita One, examines the factors local authorities need to consider in implementing the next stage of the SEND reforms.

Insourcing is on the rise as councils bring contracted-out services back in-house. Mike Pierides and Caron Gosling of international law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman take a look at the potential benefits - and challenges.

Mark Raeburn, managing director of Capita One, explores the key issues raised when local authority leaders came together to discuss health and social care integration.

With the country bracing itself for yet another winter of storms and heavy flooding, Luke Strickland of Ramboll Environ looks at the options available to local authorities. 

Theresa May has unveiled her vision for a "shared society" and plans to tackle the "hidden injustice" that affects people with mental health problems. But Paul Dossett, head of local government at Grant Thornton, says the problems with mental health care, while significant, are only a small part of the issues facing health and social care.

The Government sees Clean Air Zones as a key element in improving air quality and health, accelerating the transition to a low carbon economy and breaking the link between growth and pollution. But a recent High Court ruling sent the plans back to the drawing board.

Dr Alex Mardapittas, managing director of Powerstar, discusses how stored energy can assist local electricity infrastructure and reduce limitations hampering the wider adoption on electric vehicles throughout the UK.

Last winter's flooding was the most extreme on record, and the waters have already been rising again this year. For local authorities, planning and putting flood risk strategies in place is paramount, says Nicola Meadows, RWM event director at Ascential.

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