So now we know. Local government must prepare for Revenue Support Grant (RSG) to more than halve from £11.5bn this year to £5.4bn by the end of the decade. The Chancellor’s plans are complex. While RSG will be phased out, Osborne claims that overall local spending will actually rise in cash terms as a result […]
Localism? Devolution? power to the people? Oh well…sadly much of the current devolution debate is as far from power to the people as ever. As Parliament debates the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill in Committee it continues a long history of argument about the economic potential of the UK, while ignoring the importance of […]
Devolution brings with it the chance for regions to do more to stimulate local economies. But to get the most bang for their buck, they need to look closely at the data before they get excited about more offices, factories, houses, bricks, concrete and steel. This may sound paradoxical. But infrastructure and buildings are not […]
The state will not get smarter if reform itself is not done smartly. Unless the Spending Review meets the scale of the challenge, there is a risk that constrained local public services increasingly are only able to provide ‘less for less’.
While the focus of Involve’s new report is our national democratic health, it is timely to consider the merits of a deliberative systems approach in light of devolution reforms within England.
The Work Programme, introduced shortly after the 2010 election, was supposed to be the solution to the challenge of long-term unemployment. Ian Duncan Smith MP hailed it as a revolution in welfare to work that would offer ‘targeted, personalised help for those who need it most.’
Having seized the political initiative on devolution, both within his own party and ahead of the Opposition, the pace George Osborne has set shows no sign of relenting. His vision for a different kind of state which devolves growth levers to shift towards greater self-sufficiency for the city regions has so far focussed more on […]
Public spaces fundamentally matter because they are where communities meet on a free and equal basis. A good public realm helps us lead happier, healthier lives. But as councils find cuts biting harder and harder, taking care of the public realm is getting more and more difficult.