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This edition of Policy Platform ? with contributions from senior local government figures – explores how councils can innovatively use their trading powers in the current economic climate
Localis’ latest report on reforming the business rates system with a foreword by Sir Michael Lyons, advocating the local retention of business rates to allow councils to support business growth.
The four contributors to this month’s Localis Policy Platform offer their views on how local authorities can support the process of community empowerment which lies at the core of the Big Society.
A pivotal aspect of a shift to genuine localism, or ‘Total Place Lite’? The contributions to this Policy Platform by Peter Martin, Leader of Essex County Council, and Chris Williamson, Shadow Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, outline both views on the Coalition Government’s ‘Community Budget’ policy, announced as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review last October.
This Discussion Note follows the 10th November 2010 roundtable event hosted by Localis in conjunction with ISIS Equity Partners on ‘Delivering Specialist Social Care in a Time of Austerity’.
A new report and survey by Localis says that councils will have to deliver better services for less money, and that a salami-slicing, business as usual approach will not suffice. Councils must think radically about how they support and empower their residents and introduce new service delivery models.
This Note follows the roundtable event on ‘Trust and Transparency in Local Government’ hosted by Localis in conjunction with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on 30th September 2010.
This discussion note follows a panel event and workshop organised in conjunction with the Prince’s Trust about the future of services for young people.
A report in conjunction with Birmingham City Council on future paths for place-based and community-led approaches to service provision
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.