As we enter the febrile atmosphere of a general election year, it is perhaps fanciful to hope for non-stop reasoned debate over policy between now and May. But we at Localis are hopeful that the decentralisation of power away from Whitehall will at least continue to be a key issue in politics throughout the coming year, as it did in the last.
At a time when think tanks have to effectively go into hibernation, the manifestos are a welcome distraction.
Localis’ Chief Executive, Alex Thomson, was quoted in The MJ on the lack of devolutionary deals in the 2014 Autumn Statement.
Localis’ Chief Executive, Alex Thomson, has been identified as one of the most influential people in local government.
The government must establish mechanisms for dealing with widespread financial failure in local authorities, the National Audit Office has warned in its first assessment of the sectors financial robustness.
Passengers will not have to pay premium ticket prices to use the high speed rail network as the Government promised the service will available to everyone.
Alex Thomson, chief executive of Localis, was quoted in an article in the Guardian about the future for private finance in the public sector.
Councils budgets for public health will rise to £2.66bn this year and almost £2.8bn in 2014-15, the Department of Health will announce shortly.
Councils will be told of their public health budgets by 11th January and will be given above-inflation increases in the budgets for the next two years, the head of Public Health England has said.
Council chief executives, councillors, housing bosses and community sector leaders have been acknowledged in the New Years honour list.