Local Government: Mark Cook navigates the tough decisions for local authorities as they contemplate greater devolution, business rate independence, asset sale freedom and austerity all at the same time.

Health and Social Care: Matthew Wort asks whether the Chancellor has done enough to help meet the critical social care needs of our ageing population and how providers should engage with commissioners who will have much greater freedoms.

Social Business: David Alcock reviews the multiple proposals that will affect co-ops, charities and social businesses including the apprenticeship levy, and the risk business rate freedoms could have on those with current exemptions.

Education: Chris Whittington welcomes the review of the National Funding Formula and shows how the next round of academy conversions should drive through MATs as the chosen mode of operation for the schools sector and will be the tipping point for education support services.

Housing: Jonathan Cox examines how housing associations are being further exposed to market drivers and what it will take to deliver the Government’s shared ownership ambitions in a competitive environment.

If we didn’t need reminding, we ignore the “P” in our PESTLE analyses at our peril.

Peter Hubbard

Senior Partner, Anthony Collins Solicitors

November 2015