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Tackling town hall misspending

I co-wrote this 2200-word feature for the Sunday Times’ Focus section, after writing a number of news stories on local government spending as the Coalition’s cuts came into effect.

(See: ‘Councils splash out on new HQs as staff numbers are slashed‘, ‘‘Slash and burn’ councils spare pet projects‘, ‘Britain in gloom as flowers axed‘, ‘Councils pile on tax by stealth’)

Full text on the Sunday Times website here, or after the fold.

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Councils hike charges by 100% or more

Behold, my first Sunday Times splash.

This story started as a quick trawl of local councils to see if cuts to local government budgets were impacting on the cost of council services. Short answer: yes. Everything from nursery provision to cemetery fees have seen charges hiked, or introduced for the first time, in councils across the country.

Struggling to make ends meet, councils are making big asks of their residents. But while the frontline staff scrabble for funding, council chiefs are still earning vast sums.

The full story is on the Sunday Times website here, or after the fold.

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