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Performance Tracker 2018 – A Report by the Institute for Government and CIPFA

October 30, 2018

The Performance Tracker is a valuable overview of the funding and performance of services across the public sector. Social care and the prison service are (predictably) identified as causes for particular concern: - efficiencies have not kept pace with rising demand and both lack credible plans to control future spending.

Viewpoint: Cuts to spending on disadvantage foreshadow a looming crisis

September 12, 2018 by LGiU

Lloyds Bank Foundation's new research from the New Policy Institute looks at changes to local government spending supporting people facing disadvantage. For LGiU, Caroline Howe, Policy and National Programmes Manager, Lloyds Bank Foundation explains what they’ve found.

House of Commons DCLG Committee report on Public Parks

March 20, 2017

More than half of the UK population uses parks on a regular basis. The CLG select committee’s report into parks asks why do they matter, what challenges do they face and how can a sustainable future be secured?

State of the UK Public Parks

September 20, 2016

The Heritage Lottery Fund has published its second State of the UK Public Parks report which shows that many local authorities now face a growing problem of how best to manage their parks and green spaces in a time of austerity. The report examines alternative approaches to management of parks.

Autumn Statement 2013: Analysis

December 11, 2013

A summary of Autumn Statement 2013 was published on 5 December.This briefing sets out a more detailed analysis of certain aspects of the Statement, including: the state of the economy, the programme for deficit reduction, planning and housing, local growth, and welfare (the AME cap). Strictly speaking, there is no…

Only 5% of the population blames their local authority for cuts

November 17, 2011 by Rob Dale

Over on the Guardian’s Local Government Network, Alex Aiken has just published his top 10 tips for how to run a successful communication strategy in local government. One thing he says is that councils “need to understand how their reputation really stands in their community”. This reminded me of the…

Tale of Two Cities: Manchester and Birmingham, cuts and redundancies

November 26, 2010 by Andy Sawford

After the storm over the LGA’s statement yesterday that 140,000 jobs will be lost in local government, I noticed today a contrast between two of the council’s that LGiU works closely with: Manchester and Birmingham.  Stephen Hughes, the Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council, has issued a letter to all staff in…

LGiU: 95 per cent of councils planning to share services

October 26, 2010 by Laurie Thraves

The LGiU has realeased new polling showing that an overwhelming 95% of council leaders are planning to share services. You can read a full report on the Channel 4 CutsCheck Blog. LGiU Director Jonathan Carr-West commented that: “It’s encouraging to see that virtually all councils recognise the scale of the…

Taking the Lib Dem local government pulse

September 22, 2009 by Andy Sawford

A Chatham House event with councillors from 13 Liberal Democrat councils.  The question we put: with a 30% contraction in local government spending over the next five years (likely according to latest figures from PWC, and Vince Cable’s analysis) what are you going to stop doing (the savage C word)…