The latest edition of c’llr magazine is out now. The special feature for June is commissioning. Commissioning must rank as one of the most frequently discussed terms in local government at the moment, but it can often mean different things to different people. In this month’s special feature we hear from Surrey County Council about how it decommissioned its services for young people and recommissioned a unique new youth offer that increased services and cut costs. Alex Fox, CEO of Shared Lives, introduces us to a social care service that goes beyond the traditional commissioning approach. Unison argues that the default for commissioning shouldn’t be local government withdrawing from service delivery. And LGiU chief executive Jonathan Carr-West writes about the Commissioning Academy, a new initiative from the Cabinet Office.
Elsewhere in the magazine we catch up with several of the winners from this year’s c’llr achievement awards; and former leader of Swindon Council Rod Bluh argues strongly that councils must be given the powers to really lead if localism is going to achieve anything.
There are of course the regulars, including the ever entertaining David Brindle and Chris Mead.