Lord Glasman, the founder of the ‘Blue Labour’ philosophy and leading commentator on community organisation, will this evening make a set-peice speech at the local government think-tank Localis, entitled ‘Blue Labour and the Politics of Place’.
London mayor Boris Johnson has bid to take over National Rail commuter services in the capital.
If the Department for Transport agrees, this would see the largest devolution yet of responsibility for rail services to local government
The Guardian Public Leaders Network highlights Localis’ upcoming event – a speech by Lord Glasman.
The government’s plans to allow councils to return to the committee system could be taken up by a small but significant number of single- and upper-tier authorities, LGC has learned.
Some 32 bids have been sent by councils and businesses across the UK expressing interest in housing the Green Investment Bank (GIB).
New sub-regional transport bodies could be handed powers to make decisions on capital funding for local transport schemes, the Department for Transport has announced.
Council leaders have called for support to help Britain weather the risks posed by climate change at local level. esponding to the Government’s climate change risk assessment ? published yesterday ? the Local Government Association (LGA) underlined the threat posed by hotter summers and more frequent extreme weather events.
The 50 primary care trust clusters could set up as many as 41 commissioning support services nationwide, an investigation by LGC’s sister title Health Service Journal has revealed.
Care minister Paul Burstow has insisted there is no crisis in the funding of social care. Giving evidence to the health select committee on Tuesday, Mr Burstow left MPs incredulous after he argued that a combination of government funding and council efficiencies should be able to fill any gap between the demand for care services and the resources available to meet that demand.
Business leaders have challenged local government’s commitment to investment and compared it poorly to civic leadership in the rest of Europe, LGA chair Sir Merrick Cockell has said.