firstonline is the online version of the LGA's membership magazine first. It carries some stories up to two days before they are published in the magazine, and has a new blogs section featuring opinion and comment from across local government. Other improvements are planned to firstonline, so watch this space – and let us know what content you would find useful by emailing first@local.gov.uk


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Economy  

'Devolve powers to boost jobs'

17 July 2014
Radical new powers must be given to councils to transform the lives of millions of people who could be trapped in a future unemployment ‘twilight zone'.

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Media  

Investing in our nation's future

17 July 2014
The LGA has set out its offer to the next government – one that could save the public sector £11 billion as well as dealing with the issues that matter most to local people, writes Cllr David Sparks. (Pic: Chris Sharp)

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Health  

Healthy future?

17 July 2014
The current settlement, especially for those in need of social care, is unsustainable in a 21st century developed economy, writes Kate Barker of the Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England.