The government recently announced plans to allow councillors to attend meetings by video link - for those on Combined Authorities or Joint Committees. The idea of remote attendance was first raised twelve years ago. Will the government follow through the recent consultation and should the consultation have gone further?
The report by the National Audit Office published in May 2019 is on the changing role and remit of Local Enterprise Partnerships. The report also deals with progress in strengthening governance, assurance and transparency in LEPs and with funding spent through LEPs to date and future funding arrangements.
Shared services, as in England, are now an accepted way of delivering certain services. How are shared services projects working in Ireland?
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.
Overview and scrutiny committees have not yet realised their potential contribution to policy making and better public accountability. The government has published new statutory guidance on overview and scrutiny in local and combined authorities to raise the profile of scrutiny and increase its effectiveness and relevance.
Shared services do not necessarily reduce costs or improve performance. That is the conclusion of new research published by academics at the University of Oxford. This swift read summarises the research and the possible reasons for the findings.
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.
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.
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.
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.