Francis Maude has vowed departments would try to create development opportunities boosting local growth when vacating offices in regional city centres.
Outlining central government’s property strategy today, the Minister for the Cabinet Office said cost-cutting efforts to consolidate the civil estate would have to go further in metropolitan areas like Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle.
Localis today submitted their response to the governments consultation on business rates reform. In it, the local government think-tank outlined its proposed model for a new system of National Non-Domestic Rates which, the response argues, can form a vital cog in any growth strategy for the coming years driving improved economic performance from the bottom up.
We at Localis have long been active in arguing for a new system of National Non-Domestic Rates, and are delighted to be feeding into this consultation. A reformed NNDR, we believe, can form a vital cog in any growth strategy for the coming years driving improved economic performance…
The Big Society means different things to different people. Many stress its civic activism, others the ‘nudges’ the Government may have to make to facilitate its successful execution while some have concentrated on how it will play out in times of constrained financial circumstance.
Government proposals to allow councils to retain local business rates could mean that as much as £3.5bn of local authority-collected cash is retained by the Treasury. Finance chiefs at the LGA now understand that the so-called set aside element of the governments proposals – designed to ensure local government stays within its spending limits – could have grown by some 75% on initial assumptions.
A vast majority of councils in England and Wales are looking at the strategic commissioning approach – its not just outsourcing – but an opportunity to support the third sector and cooperatives.
Consensus is building that Labour needs a policy hook beyond ?too far, too fast.? It is clear what they are against ? be it perceived excessive privatisation of the NHS, swingeing spending cuts across the board, and specific reforms in areas from pensions to planning ? but not yet clear what they…
I could not choose a ‘best’ example of localism in action from across the UK ? there are so many ? but the London Borough of Barnet’s PledgeBank is as good as any.
David Cameron has said the government will continue to do everything it can to free up business to grow as part of what he described as a ?localist plan? for growth.
In a report published today, Localis argues that neighbourhood plans could deliver a more positive attitude to planning from all involved. It says local authorities must act as honest brokers between developers and residents and provide an overarching strategic vision for growth.