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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.
North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire have established cross boundary infrastructure to develop economic opportunities on the largest employment site in Yorkshire and Humber.
The South Humber Gateway will make a major contribution to reducing carbon emissions and to the outcomes of the government’s green energy agenda.
Travelchoice in Peterborough is one of the three DfT Sustainable Travel Demonstration Town projects.
The overall aims of this behavioural change project were to (a) improve the quality and availability of up to date accurate travel information (b) encourage and enable more people to try walking, cycling, car sharing and public transport and (c) provide a positive experience for existing and new sustainable transport users.
Peterborough City Council along with Hampton College has created a game to test citizens’ knowledge on surrounding environmental issues allowing the Council to interact with all types of residents and ensuring the participants learn valuable lessons.
This is a note following a roundtable discussion hosted by Localis and Kent County Council looking into developing a revised structure and format for regional governance. Paul Carter, Leader of Kent County Council, introduced and concluded the session, with a wide ranging discussion in between.