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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.
In this report, we discuss the intricacies and virtues of customer-focused policymaking, and how it applies to local government. We based our findings on an innovative council, Cheshire West and Chester.
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.
ViCP is a ground breaking project that matches volunteers to families with one or more children suffering from neglect and who are at risk of significant harm. CSV’s volunteers provide support and encouragement to help these families address the many problems they face and ultimately assist them in turning a chaotic, dysfunctional home into a happy, stable and safe environment in which they can thrive.
Milton Keynes aims to be an exemplar community for low carbon living and has developed an overall strategy to this end, working with key local partners – in particular the Homes and Communities Agency. In order to promote the take up of electric vehicles Milton Keynes Council has partnered with the Renault-Nissan Alliance.
Hull’s Youth Enterprise Bank (YEB) is an informal public/private/community partnership that facilitates grants to develop young people’s enterprising ideas. The Youth Enterprise Bank was set up with the support of the Council officers and members, Hull Youth Council, Chamber of Commerce, University of Hull and local entrepreneurs.
In this Policy Platform we discuss how a localised benefits system could work, and what positives and challenges it entails.
In this edition of Policy Platform we consider what a more localised planning system should look like, and how community engagement can benefit future development.
What these essays successfully demonstrate is that the ‘Small State, Big Society’ approach is not just a good idea ? it is an idea that has been shown to work, and one that offers the only real solution to the many challenges we now face.
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.