As parts of the country take another battering from storms and flooding, Mark Cantrell examines the increasingly desperate battle to keep the local roads network in working condition. 

Matt Skinner, innovation lead at FutureGov, examines how councils are embracing an open approach to driving digital innovation.

Mobile working is becoming increasingly popular in local government and, as Dr Bernard Parsons of Becrypt tells Andy Jowett, it is a tool to boost efficiency rather than an expensive luxury. 

BYOD policies have been hailed as a way of giving workforces greater flexibility, while freeing councils from having to constantly update technology as budgets are squeezed. But some believe key questions still need to be answered.

The role - and value - of chief executives in local government seems to be under scrutiny as never before. With budgets under pressure, more cuts to come and councils facing unprecedented changes in services and structure, what does the future hold for CEOs?

Local government offices across the UK have until 31 December to apply for a share of £50m worth of interest-free funds to invest in three energy-saving technologies that are proven to deliver a return on investment within five years.

Former Iceland and Wickes boss Bill Grimsey got tired of waiting for the Portas-led "high street revolution". He's published his own plan - and local authorities have a big part to play.

Councils' use of social media is on the rise - yet research has suggested there is a "digital divide" between authorities and the public when it comes to engagement through platforms like Facebook and Twitter. So how do town halls make the most of their online networks?

Back in 2005, Jamie Oliver's crusade against the Turkey Twizzler sparked a revolution in school dinners - but is it now time for the packed lunch to be packed in?

The Government wants a "radical new programme of renewal" for the country's highways but many councils remain "trapped" in a false economy of patching up crumbling roads rather than planning longer-term maintenance.

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