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Thinking outside the box: Innovation Achievement of the Year Award


Innovation is essential for councils to continue supporting citizens in the face of massive resource and funding constrain. Do you know an innovative and pioneering councillor?

Localism in a hung parliament


A hung parliament next May is looking like a very likely prospect. But while coalition negotiations leave everything hanging in the balance, the practice of governing where it really counts will carry on.   135 days after their last national …

Lifting the lives of care workers


We’re looking at new ways to design care services. Innovation could be the key to the looming care crisis.

Local Growth Deals and the Local Growth Fund

This briefing looks at the details and implications of the growth deals and the LGF allocations for local economic leadership in general, and for local authorities (LAs) in particular.
Local authorities – especially members and officers responsible for LEP relations, economic development, and services (like planning, transport, skills) which make a major contribution to economic growth – should be aware of the details of their local ‘deal’ and their contribution to its effective delivery.
More broadly, members and officers involved in deliberations and negotiations within the LA community, and with central government, about enhanced devolution and central-local relations, will be aware that this area of activity will be a key feature of debate in the run up to the 2015 general election. This debate will influence the priorities of the incoming 2015-20 government.

Mending the Fractured Economy: the final report of the Adonis Review

In 2013, Labour peer and former Minister Lord Adonis launched a wide-ranging review of industrial policy to inform the Labour Party’s manifesto for the 2015 General Election. The final report of the Adonis Review, supported by the Policy Network think tank, was published on 1st July 2014 and included a range of recommendations around innovation and industrial strategy, empowering city and county regions, solving the skills mismatch and supporting growth companies. This briefing provides a summary of the report and its implications for economic policy, localism and the shaping of political narratives ahead of the General Election.

This briefing will be of interest to councillors and officers at all tiers involved with economic development; skills, employment and enterprise; local government finance; local growth and LEPs.

Smart Cities

The smart city concept is mostly concerned with the variety of ways in which the management of urban environments is assisted by information technology. A large part of the concept hinges on the potential for information technology not only to collect and process data but to transform it into intelligence and to integrate it across services. On 9 October 2013, the Government announced the creation of a Smart Cities Forum. Accompanying the announcement of the Smart Cities Forum was the publication of a background paper, summarised here. The paper sets out the Government’s ambitions for smart cities and how it hopes local government will help realise them. This briefing will be of interest to a wide range of officers and members in local government, but perhaps most particularly to those with an interest in corporate strategy, economic development, public health, transport, planning, and environmental sustainability. As the EU is rapidly developing its own policies for smart cities, there is also an interest in the potential for EU finding.

A White Paper on Social Media in Local Government

A White Paper on Social Media in Local Government considers what holds back senior council managers and staff from using social media more extensively, and looks at how West Midlands councils have used them to connect with the public, and “open up traditional public sector silos”.

Guide to Whole-Place Community Budgets: a new LGiU essential guide

This new guide brings together and updates a series of LGiU briefings on whole-place community budgets. The guide sets out the progress to date with further commentary and analysis. The briefings were written by LGiU associate, David Marlow, with additional material from Janet Sillett, the editor of our essential guides.

Academic Health Science Networks – issues and opportunities for local government

- In late May 2013 NHS England announced the establishment and licensing of fifteen Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) for a five year period.
– AHSNs are established to catalyse the identification, adoption and spread of innovation throughout the NHS, but also, for the first time in a NHS body, are explicitly asked to contribute to wealth creation and economic growth.
– This briefing looks at the genesis and configuration of AHSNs throughout England, and their potential involvement in local policies and programmes.
– Local authorities – especially members and officers responsible for health and social services interfaces, public health, and those on Health and Wellbeing Boards – should be aware of the operations of (normally one but occasionally more than one) AHSNs in their area.
– Members and officers involved in economic growth and with their LEPs may wish to engage AHSN in dialogue about their priorities for wealth creation, and seek to align that with wider local economic priorities and investments.

Equipping the councils of the future


Nick Wilson, UK Managing Director of Hewlett Packard, talks to LGiU about the importance of digital innovation in transforming the way local authorities deliver services.