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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.
This is a note following a roundtable discussion hosted by Localis and Essex County Council considering the merits of the current benefits system and the potential alternatives. Lord Hanningfield, Strategic Leader of Essex County Council, introduced and concluded the session, with a wide ranging discussion in between.
The London Borough of Sutton seeks to transform the housing and council tax benefit claim process through e-enabled claiming only. Sutton wishes to help customers access housing and council tax benefits by removing the need to complete lengthy complex application forms and by offering a choice of assisted ways to claim.
A joint KPMG and Localis publication looking to outline a vision for local government in the context of significant cuts across the public sector. The document has five key areas which we explore and suggest that local government should be looking at in the coming years.
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.
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.