This briefing considers three themes from the Queen’s Speech – levelling up, empowering local communities, and a ‘one nation’ Union – in the context of two major long run local authority ambitions – enhanced devolution and local growth.
Although quickly overtaken by the full-scale Covid-19 crisis response, this briefing explores the March 11th 2020 Budget indicators of the Johnson Government’s long term ambitions for local development, levelling up and devolution pending a Comprehensive Spending Review now expected later in the year.
This new guide brings together and updates a series of LGiU briefings on whole-place community budgets. The guide sets out the progress to date with further commentary and analysis. The briefings were written by LGiU associate, David Marlow, with additional material from Janet Sillett, the editor of our essential guides.
The ADEPT report "Digital innovation: the route to the highways system of the future" explores the potential for digital technology to significantly improve transport experience and reduce costs. But interventions will be needed if local authorities are to deliver these improvements quickly and effectively.
This briefing summarises and considers an October 2017 report published by ADEPT (Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport) on “Digital Innovation: the route to the highways systems of the future”.
This briefing describes recent announcements by the Chancellor of the Exchequer and Deputy First Minister of Scotland on business rate reform. It places them in the context of legislation and reviews of business rates over the last six years. It reproduces relevant excerpts on the announcement and comments on them.
While Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) have been developing and maturing, the Government’s focus in recent months on economic growth has led to a renewed interest in LEPs’ role in driving growth locally. This briefing gives an overview of recent developments in LEP policy, provides a synopsis of recent thinking and recommendations relating to LEPs from…
UK labour productivity has stagnated since the recession in 2008/2009. Before this recession, labour productivity was growing by approximately two per cent a year but since by just 0.2 per cent per year. This briefing details what has been happening to productivity in the UK with possible explanations for why it is so low.
The future of business rates is a crucial issue for local government in England and Scotland. This briefing, written for LGiU in England, (including a section on Scotland) sets out the story so far in England and is re-circulated as part of our new programme for local government across Scotland.