Brexit: a turning point for devolution Simon Parker, published in Public Finance, June 28, 2016

Last week’s referendum was a turning point for the devolution agenda. Just as Scotland’s near miss on independence sparked the current round of devolution deals, so the decision to Brexit could spark a new wave of demands for change: and this time, the calls for more local and regional autonomy are likely to be sharper and angrier.

Brexit: a turning point for devolution
Brexit raises questions about Osborne’s devo push Jessica Studdert, published in Public Finance, June 27, 2016

The devolution genie is out of the bottle. As we debate our future sovereignty there needs to be a strong role for local governance. So now we know. Or do we? The UK faces months of uncertainty as the consequences of the Brexit vote, followed by David Cameron’s own exit, play out.

Brexit raises questions about Osborne’s devo push
Brexit analysis: top 10 leavers and remainers Kathinka Lyche, June 24, 2016

Our analysis shows that the current “North/South” divide narrative surrounding the decision to exit the European Union is too simplistic. Of the top ten Local Authority areas who voted to leave, nine are in the East or East Midlands. However it is no surprise that of the top ten authorities voting to remain eight are […]

Brexit analysis: top 10 leavers and remainers
Lines in the Sand Simon Parker, published in The MJ, May 13, 2016

If we Brexit, we will need to find new ways for different sets of values and different models of economic development to cohabit on this little island.

Lines in the Sand
Contracting: why local authorities should value more than price Sarah Stopforth, Published in Public Finance, May 13, 2016

The current commissioning process pits charities against each other in competition to access the ever-dwindling pot of public sector funding. Yet the voluntary and community sector is not a homogeneous group and should not be treated as such.

Contracting: why local authorities should value more than price
We need to shift our focus to supporting good health, not just treating ill-health Jessica Studdert, Published in Quality Watch, May 11, 2016

In relation to finance, it is no surprise that funding pressures were cited by the professionals as having a detrimental effect on quality and an uncertain future for public health. Funding cuts have been made in the context of short-term national funding cycles which separate out costs and consequences of budget decisions.

We need to shift our focus to supporting good health, not just treating ill-health