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Devolution at 20: a process, not an event

September 16, 2019

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?



Race Disparity Audit

November 9, 2017

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?…


What is the future of local government services?

January 20, 2017 by Ingrid Koehler

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…


Immigration policy after Brexit: what next?

October 18, 2016

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.


Apprenticeships 2015-20: challenges and opportunities for local government

September 1, 2015

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.



Lessons from the Local

April 1, 2015 by Jonathan Carr-West

Jonathan Carr-West discusses lessons from local government in his article for Compass's report, 'Finding Our Voice: Making the 21st Century State.'


The Signal and the Noise

March 12, 2015 by Jonathan Carr-West

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

June 19, 2013 by Jonathan Carr-West

Connected Localism, a new collection of essays published by LGiU today argues for radical public service transformation through networks of local innovation.