Author: LGiU

Filter

Update on Open Public Services 2012

This post is based on an LGiU member briefing by Mark Upton.  The Coalition Government has published its first progress report on its reforms to public services (“Opening Public Services 2012” (PDF document)) since last July’s Open Public Services White Paper (PDF document). The key developments are: –        An independent review to look at how choice can be…

England & Wales Blog Post

After the Riots

After the Riots, the final report by the Riots, Communities and Victims Panel chaired by Darra Singh, concludes that ‘the key to avoiding future riots is to have communities that work’, and warns that unless immediate action is taken, riots will re-occur. To build social and economic resilience in communities, the Panel makes 63 recommendations. They cover…

England & Wales Blog Post

Local elections 2012: predicting the 50 councils to watch

View full map here. Ahead of this year’s local government elections and mayoral referendums we have collated data on authorities that details: who currently controls the council how many seats each party has in each council how many seats are being contested on 3 May We have also identified the top 50 councils where political control…

England & Wales Blog Post

Taking forward Community Budgets

Community Budgets were introduced in October 2010 as part of the Spending Review with the aim of bringing different national and local funding streams together into a single local funding pot and, by doing so enabling various different local agencies, local authorities included, “to redesign services around the needs of citizens, improving outcomes, reducing duplication and…

England & Wales Blog Post

Welfare Reform Act 2012

The Welfare Reform Act 2012 has been highly controversial. While the broad thrust of Universal Credit has been welcomed – simplifying a complicated benefits system and easing the transition into work – many of the specifics of the new benefit, particularly in relation to Housing Benefit, have received a lot of criticism. It is worth…

England & Wales Blog Post

Specific Budget announcements relevant to Local Government

On Wednesday 21 March the Chancellor of the Exchequer presented his Budget for 2012, setting out the Government’s plans for the economy and public finances in the year ahead. This post sets out the initial announcements relevant to local government from the Budget. Budget Overview Increasing income tax personal allowance by a further £1,100 in April…

England & Wales Blog Post

Communities and Local Government questions and topical debate. Monday 12th March 2012

The Department for Communities and Local Government parliamentary questions session came on the same day as two announcements were made; a rise to £75k in the maximum amount of discount that a tenant can claim when exercising the Right to Buy and a related announcement on the New Buy Scheme, which is a mortgage indemnity…

England & Wales Blog Post

Creating the conditions for integration

The Government has published its approach to achieving a more integrated society and enabling everyone to live and work successfully alongside each other.  It rejects a “Whitehall-dictated approach” of nationally defined programmes focussed on specific groups in favour of one that is strongly shaped by localism and the Big Society. It challenges communities, public services,…

England & Wales Blog Post

EVENT: The Financial Implications of the Localism Act and the Local Government Finance Bill

In February, LGiU published research we’ve conducted with local finance officers on the impact and implications of the Local Government Finance Bill. The full results can be found here. Some key findings are: 47% of councils thought they will lose financially through the Bill Only 15% of councils thought they could absorb the 10% cut in council tax…

England & Wales Blog Post