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 […]
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 The goal to be in surplus by 2020 has been replaced by a vaguer commitment to returning to balance as soon as possible in the next Parliament.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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Over the last few years cuts to public services have begun to blur these territorial borders. Local government and communities increasingly need to work together, not least because they share a common interest – the provision of good quality local services, as part of diverse and resilient local economies.
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.
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 […]
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 […]