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Eric Pickles at an LGiU event

Local Growth according to Pickles

March 7, 2013 by Lizzie Greenhalgh

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.


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

January 9, 2013 by Lizzie Greenhalgh

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 history of managing funds for local authorities, CCLA are seeking…


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

November 25, 2011 by John Wilesmith

“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 that looks to recognise and reward effective and strategic treasury…


C’llr Awards 2012: Partnership Achievement of the Year

November 21, 2011 by John Wilesmith

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 public, private and voluntary sectors is a quiet, yet incredibly…


C’llr Awards 2012: Scrutineer of the Year

November 18, 2011 by John Wilesmith

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 endeavour, at its most effective when ensuring that rules and…


Lower costs but the same service

June 24, 2011 by Glyn Gaskarth

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 about the papers focus, though the figure for savings seemed…


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

May 24, 2010 by Andy Sawford

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 Local Authorities.   This means that local government will have to…


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

May 15, 2010 by Andy Sawford

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 and democratic reform where this will lead to a new…


Total Place – the next phase

March 25, 2010 by Andy Sawford

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 from the freedoms outlined in today’s report which build on…


Public sector spending

December 4, 2009 by Andy Sawford

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 of between 7.5% and 15% in the next spending round…


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