In the light of the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill, how should local authorities shape and progress proposals for enhanced devolution? This briefing explores key issues raised by the Bill and wider decentralisation announcements of the new government, and considers how local government might respond to them.
Play is crucial for children’s development. Recent reports stress that quality play provision can help meet wider local authority objectives such as increasing volunteering and reducing anti-social behaviour. Funding for play is under threat, however a strategic approach that takes account of these wider benefits could help to maintain services.
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.
When they were introduced as part of the Localism Agenda in 2012, Community Rights were promoted as enabling people to take responsibility for services, to become directly involved in development, and to protect the future of assets such as pubs, post offices, and other community assets in their localities.
This briefing summarises a National Audit Office report called "Financial sustainability of local authorities 2014", regarding the financial stresses faced by local authorities. The briefing also examines the Department of Communities and Local Government's responses to this data and whether they sufficiently identify how close local authorities are to financial…
The Bruce-Lockhart Member scholarship is an exciting opportunity for a future leader to communicate their own vision for local government.
Marc Vlessing, co-founder of Pocket, a private affordable house builder, expresses his concern about the government’s plan for new space standards, as part of a consultation on housing standards. The deadline for submissions to the consultation is 7th November
This week the RSA published “Unleashing Metro Growth: Final Recommendations of the City Growth Commission”. The report calls for the “reconfiguration of our political economy, with city regions at its heart”. It argues that we need a shift in decision-making powers from the centre to the metropolitan areas, with greater…
The devolution question following the Scottish referendum was debated widely at each conference, particularly in the fringes, and the fallout from the Scottish referendum for local areas is still a hot topic among localists and some political commentators.
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…