This pamphlet outlines the key themes to come out of a Localis roundtable discussion with senior government and business stakeholders.
Localis, in partnership with Lloyds Banking Group, has published a major report on mechanisms for funding the construction of new local infrastructure which will provide the transport, energy and communication networks the country needs in the coming years.
Funding infrastructure in an age of localism (in association with Lloyds Banking Group).
This edition of Policy Platform ? with contributions from senior local government figures – explores how councils can innovatively use their trading powers in the current economic climate
Localis’ latest report on reforming the business rates system with a foreword by Sir Michael Lyons, advocating the local retention of business rates to allow councils to support business growth.
The balance of funding between central and local government is, arguably, the greatest challenge this government faces in achieving genuine decentralisation. We describe the problems as part of a more extensive piece of research that will culminate in a definitive report in 2011.
Mike Freer, the former leader of the London Borough of Barnet explains the “easyCouncil” approach that would allow the council a greater personalisation of its budget.
This is a note following a roundtable discussion hosted by Localis looking into revisiting the crucially important idea that funding reform of local government is of fundamental importance for a truly localist agenda. James Morris, Chief Executive of Localis, introduced the session, which was followed by a wide ranging discussion.
Some recommendations around the need to fundamentally reconnect local government investments with the creation of a civil society, a sustainable environment, and linked to these, a strong local economy.
A programme looking into how to deliver high quality services at a lower cost?allowing the Council to develop through partnerships and harnessing innovation from staff and other partners.