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The Innovation Council was set up in to look into the work of local Councils, and to come up with innovative new ideas for them to adapt and adopt to their own individual areas. We assembled a group of eighteen senior figures from local government, business, NGOs and environmental experts in order to discuss the underlying principles for achieving a model environmentally sustainable Council.
Looking into how to get Local Authorities to work better together across the tiers and across the borders to deliver services more efficiently and effectively.
This report compares the English central-local balance with that in a number of European and Commonwealth countries. It examines issues ranging from finance and performance management to constitutional protection.
The contributions to this Policy Platform demonstrate
three key ways in which this issue is being addressed.
In this second Localis Policy Platform, two County Councils (Essex and Leicestershire), a District Council (Tandridge) and a unitary authority (Bracknell Forest) address the need for change in the local government finance system.
This is a summary of the topics covered at the roundtable discussion hosted by Localis and the Audit Commission on the 15th October 2008, attended by James Morris, Steve Bundred, Greg Smith, Tom Fairhead, Emer Coleman, Prof Jean Hartley, Peter Gilroy, Dr Su Maddock, Crispin Moor, Rhodri Davies, George Lee, Roger Gough and Tom Shakespeare.
This research note by Localis examines ways to create a more effective ‘freedom of information’ for local areas by looking at both how public bodies such as local authorities can release more information, but also how the data itself can be improved to make it more amenable to the public and to those who wish to manipulate it in new and meaningful ways.
This paper is the first in a series of publications, with submissions by leading figures across a number of Councils across the UK, aided by Localis, with the aim of creating a dialogue between Local Authorities and policy makers about some of the most important issues and experiences that Councils have encountered in their daily work.
This booklet by Localis and the Conservative Councils Innovation Unit which aims to highlight some of the good work happening within Conservative controlled Councils at the local level. This publication has contributions from Council Leaders, the private sector and the voluntary sector
This research note suggests that the Government’s case for RDAs is based on little or no evidence, and that the current Sub-National Review does not go far enough to devolve power to from the regional tier to councils.