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
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