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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.
Introduced in June 2009, ?Free After Three? allows shoppers in Rochdale and Middleton to be able to park for free in the town centre if they arrive after three on weekdays and Saturdays. The move is aimed at helping local retailers hit by the recession.
This is a note following a roundtable discussion hosted by Localis and Kent County Council looking into developing a revised structure and format for regional governance. Paul Carter, Leader of Kent County Council, introduced and concluded the session, with a wide ranging discussion in between.
In this edition of Policy Platform we have articles from: Cllr Paul Bettison from Bracknell Forest Borough Council, Cllr Margaret Eaton from the Local Government Association and Neil McInroy from the Centre for Local Economic Strategies on the topic of how local government should be represented in national politics.
This project is designed to involve young people in the decision making process of the Council and to create a positive role model for the Council. It also presents and opportunity to promote cohesion amongst young people from different communities. It costs almost nothing to do and has many potential benefits.
Voter turnout at local and national elections is consistently low, and falls far behind most other Western countries. But why is this? This edition of Policy Platform aims to explore this question and to understand what may be required to re-engage people in a political process which increasingly large numbers of people distrust or do not care about.
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.