Devolution is 20 years old. The anniversary has prompted debate amongst politicians, the media and commentators about the state of devolution. Has devolution increased the quality of democracy, boosted the economy, improved public services and led to a clear constitutional settlement that works for the UK as a whole?
This swift read considers how the public service measures in the budget meet the funding needs described in CIPFA's recent Performance Tracker. It is the second of three LGiU Budget 2018 briefings.
In August 2016, Theresa May launched an audit of racial diversity in public services. The audit’s initial report, published on October 2017, was headline news. What does the audit tell us about diversity and what does it say about the way forward for the public sector on this crucial issue?…
Local government is facing unprecedented challenges. Our civic discourse seems to be in tumult, finances are dire, but people still rely on local public services for so much and this year our policy themes address each of these challenges. Councils have some tough choices ahead. New duties on homelessness and…
Although public opinion polling found a large majority endorsing a reduction in immigration, a more detailed survey indicates that attitudes are more nuanced. These findings, based on research conducted by ICM, are now presented in a policy report from the think tank British Future.
This briefing looks at the major challenges facing local government in contributing to the government's ambition for three million new apprenticeships in England to 2020; but also the opportunities to shape and delivery manage this important element of the skills and employment system.
‘Tone from the top – leadership, ethics and accountability in policing’ – an inquiry by the Committee for Standards in Public Life
How accountable are Police and Crime Commissioners? The Committee for Standards in Public Life have published their inquiry’s final report into the office of PCCs on issues of ethics, leadership and accountability and recommended measures to strengthen scrutiny and accountability.
Jonathan Carr-West discusses lessons from local government in his article for Compass's report, 'Finding Our Voice: Making the 21st Century State.'
Child sexual exploitation revelations over the last few weeks have been truly horrific and should give pause to all of us involved in public services.
Connected Localism, a new collection of essays published by LGiU today argues for radical public service transformation through networks of local innovation.