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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.
Providing full disclosure of public spending, in a format that is focused on the citizen, is a crucial first step in ensuring local government is accountable to local residents. Spikes Cavell has created a platform that allows data to be published on-line in a clear, standardised and comparable format, at minimal expense to public bodies.
In this Policy Platform we discuss how a localised benefits system could work, and what positives and challenges it entails.
This a note following a roundtable discussion hosted by Localis and Bracknell Forest Council considering the current localist foundations in the UK and how these can be built upon in the future. Paul Bettison, Leader of Bracknell Forest introduced and concluded the session, with a wide ranging discussion in between.
In this edition of Policy Platform we discuss the benefits and challenges of moving towards such a system, with more employees and service users taking control of public services.
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.
This is a note following a roundtable discussion hosted by Localis and IDeA looking into the need of centralised inspection and targets in local government as well as systematic changes which could be applied in the short and medium term. Sara Williams, Strategic Advisor of IDeA, introduced and concluded the session, with a wide ranging discussion in between.
This is a note following a roundtable discussion hosted by Localis and Votivation looking into how the internet and technology can be utilised to improve local accountability and to involve citizens in decision making.David Hunter, Chairman of Votivation, introduced and concluded the session, with a wide ranging discussion in between.
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.