In February 2017, The Office for Civil Society published six documents which they had commissioned from the New Economics Foundation. These resources are designed to help commissioners and other public sector leaders embed social action in commissioning.
An overview of the Industrial Strategy Green Paper, together with considerations which may assist local government in responding to the consultation
Overview of the likely devolution and local growth landscapes in early 2017, reflecting on the Autumn Statement 2016 and its aftermath
The briefing provides an overview of potential developments in university-local government relations in the light of major recent changes in both devolution and higher education policy landscapes
A new LGiU report, Resilience in Practice, looks at what resilience means for local authorities. The paper argues that building an understanding of resilience at the local level will enable better responses to the big challenges we face, and offers guidance for councils to facilitate their thinking about the subject.
This briefing summarises and comments on two publications: a report on service transformation published by the Service Transformation Challenge Panel in November 2014, and the Government's response to it published in March 2015.
Making the university ‘anchor institution’ a reality: Towards more purposeful local government – university relations
This period presents an important opportunity for local authorities to deepen and broaden their relationships with local universities. There are significant benefits to be realised from a strong, purposeful, strategic approach - for LAs, universities, and for the areas and communities they both serve.
Although they have been out of the game for a generation councils are rising to the challenge and starting to build houses again. The policy barriers that prevent them from acting as freely as they would like are legion, but there are some really encouraging signs of creative dynamism across the country.…
OPM and Locality were commissioned by Defra and Arts Council England in 2014 to consider recent changes in rural library services and possible avenues for the future. The report calls on local authorities to explore the potential for rural libraries to become financially sustainable community hubs.
This briefing summarises the final report of the Sieghart Independent Review of Libraries, which considers the future of public library services; the role of community libraries, and models of delivery.