Making census history December 9, 2008

Nigel Keohane Public Sector Executive The ten-yearly census has provided the stock-in-trade for generations of historians. It offers rich pickings not only for genealogists, but also for social, cultural and economic historians analysing occupational patterns, household structures and the wider economy. In turn, census data has underpinned many interpretations of class politics and electoral reform. […]

A convenient alliance? Mutuality and the opportunity for local authority banking November 28, 2008

Chris Leslie, Director, New Local Government Network Public Finance There is no doubt about it – the Icelandic banking debacle has dented the reputation of local government, somewhat unfairly, at a time when councils are already under the cosh. To a certain extent local authorities were a victim of their own success; the transparency of […]

It’s the economies, stupid! November 13, 2008

Chris Leslie, Director, New Local Government Network The MJ Today’s news agenda is completely dominated by the credit crunch and economic downturn – occasionally interspersed with diversionary twists from the Jonathan Ross/Russell Brand affair. In such circumstances, it is hardly a surprise that Whitehall is changing its responses and matching national – and global – […]

Will new session bring devolution? November 6, 2008

Chris Leslie LGC The state opening of Parliament may begin the government’s final opportunity to recapture some momentum ahead of an undoubtedly nail-biting general election. So what should councils expect? The Queen’s Speech will divide into four themes: ‘economic stability’, ‘personalisation of public services’, ‘helping individuals fulfil their potential’ and — enticingly for local government […]

New session, new localism? November 1, 2008

Chris Leslie, Director, New Local Government Network LGC The State Opening of Parliament may begin the last legislative session before a General Election, Labour’s final opportunity to recapture some momentum ahead of an undoubtedly nail-biting contest with the Conservatives. So what should local authorities be expecting? The Queen’s Speech will divide into four themes: ‘economic […]

Opening the door to regeneration reform October 24, 2008

Nigel Keohane, Researcher Regeneration and Renewal It is not every day that government opens its doors to local government and offers it a piece of the action. But that is exactly what the launch last week of the Sustainable Communities Act has done for local authorities. The road to the Sustainable Communities Act has been […]

Your Local Bank: public alternatives to the private banking system? October 24, 2008

By Chris Leslie and Stephen Cirell Public Finance Declarations of “accessibility”, “trust” and “transparency” have been thrown around without much thought in the commercial banking world for generations – littering glossy adverts and brochures enticing eager investors. Yet it has only been over the past few months that these abstract concepts have crystallised into critical […]

Will regions policy be blown off course by the credit crunch? October 23, 2008

Chris Leslie, Director, New Local Government Network Regeneration and Renewal When the familiar voice of the BBC’s Robert Peston subsides and the shrill global economic headlines are eventually replaced by the domestic news agenda, what story will we hear? There can be little doubt that a significant economic downturn is on the cards and that […]