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Local Growth according to Pickles

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The Rt. Hon. Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, yesterday addressed the All Party Parliamentary Group on Local Government on the issue of economic growth.

C’llr Awards 2013: CCLA Award for Outstanding Contribution to Financial Performance

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The CCLA Award for Outstanding Contribution to Financial Performance seeks to celebrate and reward councillors for delivering value for money and better outcomes for local people. In the current context this is more important than ever. With a 50 year …

C’llr Awards 2012: CCLA Award for Outstanding Contribution to Financial Performance

“He is a powerful figure and his control of money is absolute” –          C’llr Magazine on Councillor Maurice Heaster, winner of the CCLA Award, 2011 CCLA co-sponsor the C’llr Awards as a whole, but they also support a specific award …

C’llr Awards 2012: Partnership Achievement of the Year

In the last post in this series we showed how the seemingly bureaucratic task of scrutinising government decisions can be a hugely effective way of delivering efficient outcomes. Similarly, creating an environment that is conducive to new partnerships between the …

C’llr Awards 2012: Scrutineer of the Year

As the judges of last year’s Scrutineer of the Year award observed, it can be hard to pin-down exactly what we mean when we talk about ‘effective scrutiny’. On the one hand, we might view scrutiny as a purely process-oriented …

Lower costs but the same service

Local authorities could save between 10 and 20 per cent of their expenditure on energy, telephony and solicitors simply by procuring differently. This is the conclusion of a White Paper released by Opera Solutions last Friday. I was initially sceptical …

Government announces £6.2bn cuts, looks to local government for 20%

Chancellor George Osborne and Chief Secretary to the Treasury David Laws have today announced measures to make £6.2 billion of savings in 2010-11. The package includes £1.165 bn of savings to be made in Local Government by reducing grants to …

LGiU commentary on the new Conservative – Lib Dem government coalition agreement

The Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties have published a statement outlining the agreement they have reached on a range of issues where they have previously advocated differing policies.   What does it mean for local government? The LGiU fully supports political …

Total Place – the next phase

The government have announced the next phase of Total Place today. The following are extracts of the key points from the report. Total Place to be rolled out across England. All areas need to play their part, and will benefit …

Public sector spending

The recession is doggedly continuing and the character of the upturn, in speed and extent, is very uncertain.   Modelling the future, given the variables, is difficult, but latest analysis from CIPFA of public sector finances predicts a contraction of expenditure …