Shared services are boring, difficult and may not save all that much money. They are also politically essential for the future of local government. Many commentators expected to see a spate of sharing agreements after the 2010 spending review. There has been some progress – Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire’s LGSS initiative being among the most impressive […]
There is a fear there may be a detrimental effect on communities who might previously have learned to develop and grow through the arts. Perhaps it is beneficial to focus on the effect the cuts are having on a specific group – young people.
It can be lonely out there for local government digital leaders. Is it time to invest in a Whitehall-style support network, to drive forward digital change?
There’s a looming crisis in x (where x is just about any field you care to name, in which policy makers are under orders from someone to fix things). Adult social care, corporate taxation, public transport infrastructure, child protection, immigration, welfare spending, potholes – you name it, there’s a bigger problem than ever before. But, […]
The march of the combined authority has been extraordinary. In just three years almost every major city in the north has created new city-wide structures and many southern councils are pursuing similar models such as economic prosperity boards. Cities like Manchester have used their new structures as the platform for deal with government and major […]
Nineteen. Forty. Eight. The year George Orwell completed his dystopian classic, “1984”. The year the Olympic Games, “the Austerity Games”, came to London. And yet also the year when the modern British state was born: the first comprehensive schools established, the NHS open for business, voluntary wage restraint agreed for the first time between the […]
Will we notice when the state is gone? The plans of the current UK Coalition Government revealed in the Autumn statement ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-25214605) to shrink the size of the state back to its standing in 1948 suggest that this is a pertinent questions for British citizens. The capacity a resourced and fully operational state provides […]
Councils will have to do more with less money in the years to come, how they can respond to this challenge?