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Service Transformation Challenge Panel

May 13, 2015

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.


Abstract synapses, body, health, mind

Houses, building, homes

What do councils bring to the house building table?

April 15, 2015 by Andrew Walker

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.…


Peckham library, libraries, regeneration

Rural Library Services in England: exploring recent changes and possible futures

February 17, 2015

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.


books, library, education, knowledge

Independent Library Report for England: Sieghart Review

January 27, 2015

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.


Bowler hats in room

Localism in a hung parliament

October 10, 2014 by Andrew Walker

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 election a new coalition government has been formed in Belgium. This…


Old woman being handed a mobile phone - technology - home care

Lifting the lives of care workers

September 1, 2014 by Ingrid Koehler

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


Field of sunflowers

Local Growth Deals and the Local Growth Fund

July 31, 2014

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…


Purple lightning abstract

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

July 14, 2014

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…


Smart Cities

October 24, 2013

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…


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