What would you do if you were creating local government afresh? In Rwanda Andy Johnston found a relatively young local government sector underpinned by some long-standing concepts.
'Productivity' is the buzzword of the moment, setting the mood music to the government's plans for the economy. Majeed Neky suggests that in an institutionally complex and fragmented landscape, devolution just might be the key to fostering a more productive nation.
The Centre for Public Scrutiny's Ed Hammond discusses the findings of their new report 'the Change Game', which finds that non-Cabinet councillors are being frozen out of the debate around council transformation and identifies ways for them to play a greater role in shaping these plans.
Last month the LGiU launched Under Construction, our report on the role of councils in future house building. Cllr Khevyn Limbajee from Waltham Forest explains how his council is tackling the housing crisis with an ambitious building programme.
Cllr Karl Eastham from Southwark Council hopes to increase the job prospects of the young people in his borough with a work placement scheme. As he explains, he would be very interested to hear from anyone who has had experience in setting up or being involved in similar programmes around…
To help local authorities develop and implement real culture change around flexible working and hiring Timewise have developed the Timewise Council programme, Emma Stewart, Joint CEO of Timewise explains.
CAMRA’s Campaigns Officer Faye Grima explains how councillors can actively protect pubs in their local area by nominating them to be listed as ‘Assets of Community Value’.
The planning system is not fit-for-purpose. A group of academics at UCL’s Bartlett School of Planning (BSP) have developed a report outlining its shortcomings and suggesting some radical changes that are necessary. Yvonne Rydin, from the BSP explains.
The Ramblers' ambitious new programme aims to record the condition of the network of paths across England and Wales with a view to improving maintenance - and we can all help; Campaigns Officer Victoria Armitage explains how.
Housing and planning, and more broadly, new approaches to mediation between conflicting interests, must be an area in which cities contemplating devolution seriously push the envelope, says Majeed Neky.