Councils are changing. No longer just seen as service deliverers, they are collaborators and place leaders, commissioning councils, commercial councils and co-operative councils. But while the purpose and priorities of a local authority have transformed, the structure of councils, the skills of the workforce and work practices have been slower to catch up. The workforce […]
Our new report, Outside the Box: The Council Workforce of Tomorrow was launched on 8th December 2016 and looks at how councils can recruit and retain the workforce they need. It’s not easy working in local government today. The tangible rewards aren’t obvious: job security has gone as councils suffer some of the highest cuts […]
The year of 2016 saw many seismic changes, but ministers’ approach to local government finance has remained the same. This has increased the risk that town hall’s two main revenue streams – council tax and business rates – will be frozen in time.
As we know, ‘academisation’ has been the buzzword in education in recent years. With David Cameron’s government strongly in favour of enforced academisation – a plan whereby all schools in England would have to either convert to academies by 2020 or be committed to converting by 2022 – it appeared this system was here to […]
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 The goal to be in surplus by 2020 has been replaced by a vaguer commitment to returning to balance as soon as possible in the next Parliament.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 […]