Social care is in crisis – so why did the autumn statement not even mention it? Claire Mansfield and Claire Porter, November 24, 2016

Today, we thought we would be settling in to a long analysis of local government funding. But the Autumn Statement was frankly breath-taking in its lack of policy detail – no real rabbits pulled out of hats or a gimmick to be seen. While we were warned this may happen, this was not the budget […]

Social care is in crisis – so why did the autumn statement not even mention it?
Autumn statement: On The Day Commentary Jessica Studdert, Deputy Director, November 23, 2016

Chancellor Phillip Hammond used his first big fiscal set piece occasion to postpone his predecessor’s targets to balance the books. The goal to be in surplus by 2020 has been replaced by a vaguer commitment to returning to balance as soon as possible in the next Parliament. This fiscal flexibility is a luxury local government […]

Autumn statement: On The Day Commentary
Transferring the Power to Change Abigail Gilbert, Researcher, November 21, 2016

As local authorities rationalise their assets as a result of financial pressures and service adaptation, there are opportunities to use them to develop a different relationship with local people. Our latest report, A Common Interest, commissioned by Power to Change, explores how some authorities are harnessing the potential of communities to give these assets new […]

Transferring the Power to Change
Culture clash Peter Edwards, Senior Partner, Capsticks, November 9, 2016

The Five Year Forward View set out a shared vision for the future of health services in England. Greater integration of health and social care services, determined at local level, was one of the central planks of this vision. Whilst much has been done across the country to make this vision a reality, recent rumblings […]

Culture clash
To respond to Brexit, Britain’s councils need more powers over skills Claire Mansfield and Claire Porter, published in CityMetric, October 26, 2016

The recent vote to leave the European Union is going to throw up some interesting challenges for the labour market, particularly outside London. As yet, we do not know the details, but it seems certain that there will be some sort of significant upheaval for both business, and those responsible for providing skills and training for employment.

To respond to Brexit, Britain’s councils need more powers over skills
Transforming public services through place-based accountability Jessica Studdert, published in Public Sector Executive, October 24, 2016

Public service innovators understand that future reform must shift from a collection of individual services tackling single issues to a collective system-wide response designed around people’s needs. At present, our public service accountability architecture works against change rather than enabling it. We need a radical new model which aligns service accountability over a sensible geography […]

Transforming public services through place-based accountability
Devolution should be a principle not a negotiation Cllr David Finch, Leader Essex County Council, October 17, 2016

I came into politics to make things better. To create the conditions for economic growth and improving skills, better housing, better schools, and better public services. Nearly two years ago I gave a speech saying that the devolution agenda had the potential to reshape local government like never before. I described it as a once […]

Devolution should be a principle not a negotiation