Health and Social Care: Matthew Wort provides some key questions about your readiness to provide new solutions in a changing social care environment and how to provide a public service to be proud of.

Education: Chris Whittington looks at what more collaborative working to support children and young people in education can mean for the future.

Local Government: Mark Cook looks at the balance between what the Government is proposing and the realities of what this means for local government.

Social Business: David Alcock looks at what the surge of interest in social enterprise could mean for the way that we do business to enhance communities for the future.

Housing: Jonathan Cox identifies three key things that the Government will be looking for from housing associations ahead of potentially one of the most important years in the history of the social housing movement.

It's true that we can't predict the future, but having the right discussions about the right issues, can prepare you for the changes that are on their way.

Trading companies – fit for purpose?
Trading companies – fit for purpose?

Many local authorities have assessed that a trading subsidiary or trading structure could be beneficial as part of generating income or the service delivery matrix.

Contract management pitfalls – payment
Contract management pitfalls – payment

In the second part of our series on contract management pitfalls, we look at the risks and opportunities presented by payment mechanisms in construction contracts.