Laura Wilkes, policy manager for the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU), has said today’s announcement of a £4.3m funding boost for bottom-up, grassroots community initiatives could fail unless councils gain greater freedoms to innovate and reinvest savings in preventative services. (£ subscriber access only)
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Jonathan Carr-West argues that long term changes to our society, economy and environment require us to think radically about what local services look like.
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Cllr West, who lives just off Hornsey Lane, Highgate, and was voted the best council leader in the country by the Local Government Information Unit earlier this year, has thrown down the gauntlet and wasted no time in criticising her rival.
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Once again local government is asked to take the biggest cuts in the spending review announced by the chancellor, writes Jonathan Carr-West.
Facing a further 10% cut, councils need radical autonomy on how they spend and raise money. Today’s Spending Review did not deliver that, says Jonathan Carr-West.
Meeting long-term challenges such as caring for an ageing population; driving local economic renewal; ensuring that young people have the skills they need, and mitigating and adapting to the impact of climate change will require local innovation, not one-size-fits-all central initiatives.
Laura Wilkes reports on work with Kingston RLBC, testing the limits of how public services are designed and managed to deliver services. (£ subscriber only content).
Local government minister Brandon Lewis has dismissed as ‘absolute hogwash’ criticisms that the community budgets programme lacks ambition and is under-resourced. (£ subscriber access only).
Can a localised, yet connected, approach to public service innovation help us to meet complex social, political and financial challenges? Asks Jonathan Carr-West.
Long-term complex challenges facing society and the economy must inevitably involve deeper localism and radical public service transformation through networks of local innovation, the Local Government Information Unit has suggested. (£ subscriber only content).