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This is a note following a roundtable discussion hosted by Localis and the Audit Commission looking at the financial pressures on local government and the associated themes for how to deal with the effects of the recession. Steve Bundred, Chief Executive of the Audit Commission introduced and concluded the session, with a wide ranging discussion in between.
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.
Scotcash offers affordable loans and a range of financial services for socially and financially excluded citizens which meet the financial and social plans of the Council.
These essays provide an insight into the current thinking on the future of mayors and local government. The essays here are persuasive, yet despite the strong differences of opinion, we can begin to see the potential for some kind of consensus for the future.
Incubation and innovation support for businesses delivered through a newly developed Innovation Centre
This is summary of a project on home based business development and mobile working facilitation which has Increased performance outputs of ‘total economic activity’ to 13.5%
If we can protect our environment locally – if small sustainable communities can be formed – then there is no reason that these models cannot go on to protect nationally and globally.
A raange of measures aimed at providing businesses with more information, with improved outcomes and more business start ups.
Findings include – 60% of District Councils think that efficiency savings are not possible; 78% of respondents think that the Budget was bad for local government; and Only 35% think that statutory city regions are a good idea.
We must take back our language and, in doing so, make democracy more accessible and accountable. Instead of wearing our Crystal Mark with pride on major documents we should write and speak simply and clearly.