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 […]
The UK’s vote to leave the European Union and the subsequent change in Downing Street is likely to alter the role of devolution in government policy. Here are some assumptions about Theresa May’s emerging agenda.
It’s been a strange summer of speculation for localists and devolutionaries. The Westminster Bubble popped after the Brexit vote, but before deep questions about our future national constitutional settlement could be asked, everyone went on holiday. Theresa May’s name-dropping of Joseph Chamberlain in her Birmingham campaign launch created much excitement. Could she be harbouring secret […]
There is no doubt we are at another pivotal time for public services. The ubiquitous challenges of rising demand, continued funding pressures, and the changing expectations of citizens are now set against the backdrop of a new government and the implications of Brexit. There is now even greater uncertainty about the future of public services. […]
What is England for? Where are its regional economies headed? How is that funded? These are questions our politicians almost never debate in public for the obvious reason it is almost impossible to devise a system of local and regional funding with which everyone is happy, especially at a time of austerity. Recent weeks have […]