Debra Maxwell, CEO of CRM Solutions at Arvato UK & Ireland, argues that automation holds the key to creating the efficiencies and savings that councils need to help protect frontline services in the years ahead.

Phil Greenwood, director at Iron Mountain, explains why sharing is not always caring in local government.

Natural capital accounts are an emerging concept in measuring the holistic impact of investment. But what are they? Bram Miller and Samathan Deacon of Ramboll Environ take a look.

How we fund digital transformation has to change - and the IT industry needs to step up, says Peter Dunn of Rimini Street.

By Tony Pilkington, managing director of Younifi

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.