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City Deals – implications for enhanced devolution and local economic growth

11 Jul 2012 in Briefings

The briefing below can also be downloaded as a PDF (please refer to the PDF for larger versions of the tables below) City Deals – implications for enhanced devolution and economic growth Summary With the ‘City Deal’ announcements on July 5 2012, the government has now concluded agreements with the eight ‘Core Cities’ and/or their ‘Local Enterprise Partnerships’ (LEPs) on a range of measures to stimulate city growth and development. This...


Census 2011 – First Release

13 Aug 2012 in Briefings

This briefing can also be downloaded as a PDF Census 2011 Summary On 16 July 2012, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published its first release of statistics from the census taken as at 27 March 2011. The release shows:- On census night the usually resident population of England and Wales was the largest ever seen, at 56.1 million (53.0 million in England and 3.1 million in Wales respectively). This represents an increase of 7.1 per...


Cities economic growth, enhanced devolution, and relationships with London

20 Feb 2014 in Briefings

This briefing can also be viewed as a pdf Cities economic growth, enhanced devolution, and relationships with London Summary Both the economic data and the national policy context makes an understanding of ‘cities’ in general, and London in particular, crucial for local authorities and partners involved in promoting economic growth and development. This briefing reviews a number of recent developments which either reveal new...


Where next for neighbourhood planning and management – opportunities and challenges for local government

7 Jan 2014 in Briefings

This briefing can also be viewed as a pdf Where next for neighbourhood planning and management- challenges and opportunities for local government Summary 2014 will be a hugely important year in the evolution of neighbourhood planning and management. This briefing looks at major issues for local government that will shape this evolution, including:- Neighbourhood management is likely to be given new impetus with the launch of the £4.3m...


The Development and Delivery of European Structural and Investment Funds Strategies: Update and next steps

1 Nov 2013 in Briefings

This briefing can also be viewed as a PDF The Development and Delivery of European Structural and Investment Funds Strategies – Update and next steps Summary Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) submitted the first drafts of their European structural and investment fund strategies 2014-20 (EUSIF2014-20) to government by 7 October 2013. This briefing provides an overview of LEP initial submissions. It also outlines the very considerable...


Reinventing our Town Centres: Agendas for 2012-15

29 May 2012 in Briefings

The briefing below can also be downloaded as a PDF Reinventing our town centres Summary This briefing provides an update on Government’s response to the Portas Review into the future of our high streets. It then outlines strategies and programmes local authorities and town partnerships may progress to improve the performance of town centres. The briefing will be of interest to local authority members and officers involved in all aspects of town...


Census 2011 latest releases and other ONS statistics

20 Aug 2013 in Briefings

This briefing can also be viewed as a PDF Census 2011 and MYE 2012. Summary Since the last briefing on Census 2011 (January 2013), ONS has published a number of more detailed releases on topics such as religion, ethnicity, migration, and detailed characteristics by ward and super output area. Mid-year population estimates for 2012 (MYE2012) have also been published. This briefing provides a summary of key releases over the January – August 2013...


Academic Health Science Networks – issues and opportunities for local government

25 Jul 2013 in Briefings

This briefing can also be viewed as a PDF Academic Health Science Networks – issues and opportunities for local government Summary 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...


Much ado about…whole place community budgets

9 May 2013 in Briefings

This briefing can also be viewed as a PDF Much ado about…whole place community budgets Summary ‘Whole place community budgets’ have been lauded by the coalition government as a flagship policy to put major principles of localism, ‘customer first’ service integration, public services reform, and deficit reduction into practice. They also tend to be supported enthusiastically by local government in both community leadership and local...


Local authorities and economic development in 2013 – can local dynamism counter a national low growth economy?

21 Jan 2013 in Briefings

This briefing can also be viewed as a PDF Local authorities and economic development in 2013 – can local dynamism counter a national low growth economy? Summary The global economic outlook is uncertain. National forecasts show a continuation of a lengthy period of low growth (at best). The need for local authorities (LAs) to contribute to and lead local growth has, arguably, never been greater. Doing this effectively requires LAs to understand,...


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