To respond to Brexit, Britain’s councils need more powers over skills Claire Mansfield and Claire Porter, published in CityMetric, October 26, 2016

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.

To respond to Brexit, Britain’s councils need more powers over skills
Transforming public services through place-based accountability Jessica Studdert, published in Public Sector Executive, October 24, 2016

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 […]

Transforming public services through place-based accountability
Devolution should be a principle not a negotiation Cllr David Finch, Leader Essex County Council, October 17, 2016

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 […]

Devolution should be a principle not a negotiation
How Theresa May is changing the government’s devolution drive Jessica Studdert, published in Public Finance, October 7, 2016

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.

How Theresa May is changing the government’s devolution drive
Devolution is dead. Long live devolution! Jessica Studdert, Published in Conseravtive Home, September 9, 2016

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 […]

Devolution is dead. Long live devolution!
People Helping People: Reflections on Leadership Andrew Donaldson, Head of Strategic Policy and Partnerships, Staffordshire County Council , August 10, 2016

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. […]

People Helping People: Reflections on Leadership
Restoring balance on spending Simon Parker, published in The MJ, July 27, 2016

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 […]

Restoring balance on spending