Devolution is dead. Long live devolution! Jessica Studdert, Published in Conseravtive Home, September 9, 2016

It’s been a strange summer of speculation for localists and devolutionaries. The Westminster Bubble popped after the Brexit vote, but before deep questions about our future national constitutional settlement could be asked, everyone went on holiday. Theresa May’s name-dropping of Joseph Chamberlain in her Birmingham campaign launch created much excitement. Could she be harbouring secret […]

Devolution is dead. Long live devolution!
People Helping People: Reflections on Leadership Andrew Donaldson, Head of Strategic Policy and Partnerships, Staffordshire County Council , August 10, 2016

There is no doubt we are at another pivotal time for public services. The ubiquitous challenges of rising demand, continued funding pressures, and the changing expectations of citizens are now set against the backdrop of a new government and the implications of Brexit. There is now even greater uncertainty about the future of public services. […]

People Helping People: Reflections on Leadership
Restoring balance on spending Simon Parker, published in The MJ, July 27, 2016

What is England for? Where are its regional economies headed? How is that funded? These are questions our politicians almost never debate in public for the obvious reason it is almost impossible to devise a system of local and regional funding with which everyone is happy, especially at a time of austerity. Recent weeks have […]

Restoring balance on spending
The asset-based area Alex Fox, CEO of Shared Lives Plus , July 21, 2016

Asset-based planning will ensure that early interventions are resourced, but even where people have significant support needs, models such as Shared Lives will be preferred for their twin focus on regulated care and family or community life. People need friends and a place to belong, just as much as they need good, safe support.

The asset-based area
Employability: The ongoing process of finding the right job after graduation Hanifa Islam, July 18, 2016

Many young graduates have set themselves expectations that they will find a job soon after graduation, whereas in reality, that is far from the truth. Unless they have a direct career pathway that requires the relevant degree it is hard for most young people to find sustainable and suitable work.

Employability: The ongoing process of finding the right job after graduation
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Five priorities for the new communities and local government secretary Jessica Studdert, published in Public Finance, July 15, 2016

As Sajid Javid moves to Marsham Street, he’ll need to get up to speed with the local government agenda. Here are five priorities to concentrate on Welcome Sajid Javid. He joins Team Local Government at a pivotal moment for devolution. He’ll be inundated with meeting requests and briefings on the finer points of local government […]

Five priorities for the new communities and local government secretary
Local government after Brexit: beyond the elephant and the rider David Evans, Director, The Campaign Company and former Deputy General Secretary of the Labour Party, July 14, 2016

The moral psychologist Jonathan Haidt uses an interesting metaphor to describe the interaction, within the human brain, between our gut instincts and our reasoning faculties. In his 2012 book The Righteous Mind, he describes the relationship as ‘the elephant and the rider’. The elephant, Haidt says, is our emotional, intuitive, myopic response to our surroundings. […]

Local government after Brexit: beyond the elephant and the rider
A devolution revolution? Abigail Gilbert, Published in Unlock Democracy, July 13, 2016

The forces that shape the lives of our communities are often the result of decisions made on the other side of the world – let alone at the other end of the country. Brexit was a vote against the establishment, both in Westminster and in Brussels. But it was also a vote against the inaccessible, bureaucratic and often non-transparent approach the EU offered.

A devolution revolution?