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With a foreword by Sir Simon Jenkins, this is a report outlining the case for the accountability of performance and assessment of local government to be devolved to local government and local people.
In this edition of Policy Platform we discuss what the future role of local government in the education system should be. This is a topic which has divided opinion in the past, so we have assembled three leading thinkers in this field to discuss the topic to establish what the fault lines are, and how they may be solved.
The London Borough of Sutton seeks to transform the housing and council tax benefit claim process through e-enabled claiming only. Sutton wishes to help customers access housing and council tax benefits by removing the need to complete lengthy complex application forms and by offering a choice of assisted ways to claim.
A joint KPMG and Localis publication looking to outline a vision for local government in the context of significant cuts across the public sector. The document has five key areas which we explore and suggest that local government should be looking at in the coming years.
In this edition of Policy Platform we discuss how local authorities can deliver improved services around locally determined priorities. This is in the context of the ‘Total Place’ pilot initiative currently underway which is looking to examine the total spend of all agencies within an area to aim to reduce cost and bureaucracy.
A debate about the right scale for local government and reorganisation with contributions from a large unitary council, a small district and a leading commentator on international local government.
From the 1st of October 2009, Westminster Council will introduce a new operating model, reducing headcount by 10%, delivering nearly 12m annual savings and improving services.
Major cities across the UK, such as Manchester, need to be given more freedom and powers, according to a new report from Localis and Policy Exchange. The report finds that the current centralised performance regime ? resulting in ‘earned’ powers for cities – prevents local strategic aims being achieved.
Introduced in June 2009, ?Free After Three? allows shoppers in Rochdale and Middleton to be able to park for free in the town centre if they arrive after three on weekdays and Saturdays. The move is aimed at helping local retailers hit by the recession.
In both urban and rural areas the closures of local Post Offices has provoked anguish in the local communities that rely on them. The government has argued that the shrinking of the post office network is inevitable as a result of lack of profitability. In this Policy Platform we explore three perspectives which focus on the role that local government might be able to play in ensuring that the Post Office network is maintained and supported.