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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.
This Discussion Note follows the 10th November 2010 roundtable event hosted by Localis in conjunction with ISIS Equity Partners on ‘Delivering Specialist Social Care in a Time of Austerity’.
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.
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.