Topic: Public Service Reform and Corporate Performance

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West Midlands Local Industrial Strategy

11 Jun 2019 in Briefings

The West Midlands Local Industrial Strategy was launched in May 2019 and builds on the heritage of the region’s manufacturing, research and technology sectors, taking advantage of skills and infrastructure innovation across the region.




Are modern families waving or drowning?

12 Mar 2019 in Briefings

Working Families and Bright Horizons Family Solutions have published their Modern Families Index, produced annually since 2012. It looks at how working families manage the balance between work and family in the UK.


Planning for Affordable Housing

26 Feb 2019 in Briefings

The Town and Country Planning Association has published Planning for Affordable Housing. The TCPA’s Planning for Affordable Housing project examines how the planning system is delivering affordable housing and how it can be supported to do so in a manner which greater reflects local needs.


The local government officer – is it time for a change?

13 Feb 2019 in Briefings

Councils are facing substantial challenges, and this has led to an increased need for its workforce to change and adapt. The skills and experience needed will be broader then the technical expertise that has stood many in good stead historically.


Metro Mayor Precept – Value for Money?

12 Feb 2019 in Briefings

If local taxpayers are now going to be asked to finance the running of a combined authority, are they getting value for money? We look here at the 2019-20 budget of the Liverpool Combined Authority and what has been achieved there since its inception.


Civil Society Futures: the independent inquiry

20 Dec 2018 in Briefings

Civil Society Futures, a two-year independent inquiry into the future of civil society, aiming to provide a clear vision for the role of civil society in England over the next ten years, has been published. We summarise and comment on this comprehensive report in this briefing.


Shared services

11 Dec 2018 in Briefings

Shared services are now an established feature of local government. We consider here many of the issues facing councils and how they have been tackled by specific councils, and ask whether shared service arrangements and partnerships increase the likelihood of full mergers