SQUEEZING SOCIAL AND FINANCIAL VALUE OUT OF LOCAL ASSETS Maia Beresford, Public Sector Digest, January 4, 2015

By being both commercially and socially conscious when managing their assets, local governments have an opportunity to address some of their greatest challenges and truly embrace their role as place shapers. But they must use intelligence wisely in order to do this.

SQUEEZING SOCIAL AND FINANCIAL VALUE OUT OF LOCAL ASSETS
The debate about local government reorganisation has reached an impasse. Claire Mansfield, The Clerk Magazine, January 4, 2015

People don’t think of themselves as living in local authority areas, but neighbourhoods. It is at this level that citizens first start to identify with and interact with their local state. This is the vital role that parishes play in being the first – and most local – point of call.

The debate about local government reorganisation has reached an impasse.
A message from our own futures Simon Parker, Director, NLGN, December 3, 2014

Be careful what you say about older people. The people we call ‘bedblockers’ and ‘frequent flyers’ today are actually a message from our own futures. One day you might be stuck in a hospital bed you’d much rather leave, wishing that younger people and policy makers could be a little more sensitive to your predicament.

A message from our own futures
Get smart budgeting Claire Mansfield and Maia Beresford, The MJ, December 2, 2014

Councils have come a long way in changing how they think about their places and the services they offer their citizens. Many are looking at new approaches to place, based not on outputs, nor on how they run individual services, but on the impact they can have on the people who live in their districts. […]

Get smart budgeting
Local Government: Meeting the Transformation Challenge Laura WIlkes, Public Finance, November 26, 2014

Recommendations from an expert panel on how to overcome barriers to service integration could represent a giant leap forward if councils can help prove that reforms can lead to savings.

Local Government: Meeting the Transformation Challenge
Councils: no more top-down reorganising Simon Parker, Public Finance, November 4, 2014

The truth is that local government is already restructuring. Many districts and some counties are integrating and sharing their services, while combined authorities and increasing integration of health and care will demand new approaches to governance and sovereignty.

Councils: no more top-down reorganising
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English Devolution: reconnecting with the people Iain Roxburgh, Senior Associate Fellow, Local Government Centre, Warwick Business School and former Chief Executive of Coventry City Council, September 22, 2014

The West Lothian question does need addressing, but this can only be done in the context of a wide-ranging consideration of the future governance of the UK and England in particular. This can’t and shouldn’t be attempted on the same timescale as further Scottish devolution.

English Devolution: reconnecting with the people
Where next for our Constitution? Dame Jane Roberts, NLGN Chair, September 19, 2014

The implications for all of the UK of the Scottish Referendum are profound. Both for all four nations and within them, the referendum has significantly changed the balance of the debate about governance at all levels.

Where next for our Constitution?
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