Research Fellow, Jack Airey, considers the implications of the Government’s plans to devolve Attendance Allowance to local authorities. When the then Chancellor announced last year that local authorities would fully retain their business rates income by 2020, he was widely praised for pulling a decent sized rabbit out the hat – albeit with the caveat […]
A report published today by the think-tank Localis has found that cash is vital for local economic growth, with local economies likely to suffer if access to cash is restricted. The report includes a survey of over 100 key local government stakeholders, including chief executives, leaders, finance-related cabinet members and chief finance officers, which reveals […]
In an article for Conservative Home, outgoing chief executive of Localis Alex Thomson gauges where’s next for localism and how/why you could take over the reigns of Localis. With the relentless pace of today’s news cycles it is often easy to forget that a Conservative has been back in Number 10 for just six years. […]
In Localis chief executive Alex Thomson’s latest opinion piece for the MJ he considers the importance of councils holding reserves. You can read the piece in full here or below. A great deal has been written and said about local authority reserves in the past few years. It has been thankfully rather less high profile […]
Writing for the Local Government Chronicle (LGC), Localis chief executive Alex Thomson considers the increasing similarities between local government and Lego. Read the article below or in full on the LGC website. Entertaining children at home when you don’t want to resort to the TV isn’t always easy but one option that never fails is […]
Localis research fellow Jack Airey writes for the MJ on Scottish Labour’s council tax reforms and what the national party could learn from them. You can read the piece in full here or below. For all the promises of radical new ideas, ‘effective opposition’ and unrelenting loyalty to policy over politics, Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party has developed disappointingly […]
In an opinion piece for the LGA, we were asked to consider which powers we would like to see devolved to local authorities and why.
In an opinion piece for Left Foot Forward, Grace Blakeley writes on finding a strategy for Redcar.
Councils in England will be able to keep the proceeds from business rates raised in their area under plans unveiled by Chancellor George Osborne.
In an opinion piece for the MJ, Alex Thomson makes the case that Labour’s first crop of elected-mayors will have immense lobbying power over their party and country.