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.
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations together with a number of partner organisations have published a collection of think pieces and case studies sharing the voluntary sector’s experiences of the Open Public Services agenda, writes Mark Upton.
This briefing brings local authorities up to date on the Measuring National Well-being Programme. It introduces the early thematic reports and highlights those of immediate interest to local authorities. * This four year programme aims to measure the nation’s well-being, using subjective and objective data, and accessible to local authority…
Towards the end of last year, I spent some time travelling around the country meeting council leaders and chief executives to find out about new approaches in an age of massive demographic change. In the next few months, working jointly with Age UK, I will be publishing a review of…