Stimulating local economic growth is no small task as those with this remit in local authorities well know, writes Jennifer Glover.
Viewpoint: Local authorities getting Living Wage accreditation encourages local employers to do the same
A recent guide to the London Living wage highlights the link between local authorities with Living Wage accreditation and a greater number of local employers paying the London Living Wage, Alice Woudhuysen explains.
A new set of indicators aims to give local authorities a more sophisticated picture of the wellbeing - or otherwise - of their communities than has previously been possible using more traditional data sets. Patricia Curmi explains
Janet Sillett introduces our forthcoming series of briefings and blogs which will look at place and the importance of how we look after places and create places to creating a sense of belonging and community for the people who live there and who will live there.
Welcome to July’s edition of the Local Government Finance policy update! This month we look at the Queen’s Speech and the Secretary of State’s address at LGA Conference 2017 for clues as to the future of local government funding. We highlight the concerns raised in the NAO’s latest research on CAs. And we sum up […]
Welcome to the June edition of the Local Government Finance policy update! This month we look at examples of entrepreneurial councils and how cyber security, digital infrastructure and the investment landscape might impact council’s innovation ambitions. We give you an update on the state of local government finance and business rates, now that the Local […]
The announcement of the snap general election threw Parliament into chaos, and one of the casualties was the Local Government Finance Bill, which was making its way through the House of Commons. Where does this leave local government? asks Jennifer Glover. The Local Government Bill has now fallen, meaning it will need to be re-submitted […]
No matter what topic is being discussed, in local government circles the conversation always comes back to funding. The context of the last 5 years of drastic budget reductions has brought this issue into much sharper focus, and with radical changes on the doorstep the next 5 years look set to follow a similar pattern […]
The Chartered Trading Standard’s Institute’s workforce survey 2016 provides the most concise and up to date information available on the state of local authority trading standards services operating across England, Scotland and Wales. The final report provides factual information on trading standards budgets, staffing levels, specialist skills and structure within the local authority framework, alongside […]
A second blog from Rwanda where Janet Sillett reflects on decentralisation there and in the UK. Following on from Andrew’s briefing yesterday – our short stay in Rwanda has given us so much to think about. Not least, today’s visit to the Rwanda Genocide Memorial museum. It’s of course profoundly moving, and then seeing just […]