Localis In The News

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Local Government Finance Settlement
[Dec 19, 2012, by Alex Thomson, on BBC Radio West Midlands]
Localis chief executive Alex Thomson appeared on the BBC Radio West Midlands this morning, speaking about local authority spending reductions ahead of the finance settlement.

Impact of cuts on local authorities
[Dec 16, 2012, by Alex Thomson, on BBC Sunday Politics]
Localis chief executive Alex Thomson appeared on the BBC Sunday Politics, speaking about cuts to local authority budgets and some of the things that councils are doing to mitigate these.

What skills will your council officers need in 2013?
[Dec 12, 2012, by Alex Thomson, in the Guardian, Local Government]
Councils need analytical entrepreneurs and skilled communicators to survive, but they also need a smaller but better paid workforce says Alex Thomson.

Is Eric going off parish councils?
[Dec 11, 2012, by Michael Burton, the MJ]
The Editorial Director of the MJ referenced a Localis roundtable he attended in his recent piece on parish councils.

Autumn Statement: Localising funding
[Dec 7, 2012, by Alex Thomson, on BBC Radio Cornwall]
Localis chief executive Alex Thomson appeared on the BBC Radio Cornwall Breakfast Show, speaking about Lord Heseltine's Review, the Autumn Statement and the need for early action in localising transport and skills funding.

Autumn Statement: Heseltine review backed
[Dec 5, 2012, by Ruth Keeling, LGC]
Alex Thomson, chief executive of Localis, is quoted in an LGC article on the Heseltine review and the Autumn Statement.

Autumn Statement 2012
[Dec 5, 2012, by the MJ]
Alex Thomson is quoted in an MJ article recording the sector reaction to the Autumn Statement 2012.

Local Authorities Taking the Lead on Regeneration
[Dec 4, 2012, by Alex Thomson, in Public Service Review]
Alex Thomson, Chief Executive of Localis, contributed alongside leading local government figures such as Hilary Benn MP to the latest Public Service Review magazine, making the case for local authorities to take the lead on regeneration.

PluggedIN: The financial pressures facing local government
[Dec 3, 2012, by Alex Thomson, in the MJ]
Alex Thomson suggests that a number of councils would soon find themselves receiving no grant at all, funded from council tax receipts and their locally-retained share of business rates only – poor but free, in other words.

Things are changing: Public Service Reform
[Nov 29, 2012, by Alex Thomson, in the Independent]
According to Einstein, insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. So why are we surprised when aspects of government activity, that for decades have failed to change the trajectories of peoples’ lives, still don’t work?

Alex Thomson on LEPs @ IED Conference 2012
[Nov 28, 2012, by Alex Thomson, Localis, speaking to Planning Magazine]
Localis' Alex Thomson speaks to Planning Magazine at the IED Conference 2012 about the performance and future of Local Enterprise Partnerships.

LGA’s £1bn bombshell
[Nov 22, 2012, by Jonathan Werran, the MJ ]
Alex Thomson, Chief Executive of Localis, is quoted in an MJ article about the LGA's estimate of over £1bn of additional funding cuts being made to the local government sector next year.

Serving up a different delivery
[Nov 12, 2012, by Professors George Jones and John Stewart]
Professors George Jones and John Stewart highlight Localis' recent Catalyst Councils report as they consider how the responsibilities of local authorities for services can be expressed in new ways of working.

A critical moment for LEPs?
[Nov 9, 2012, by Alex Thomson, in the MJ]
Alex Thomson, chief executive of Localis, argues enterprise partnerships must win battle of hearts and minds, to match new funding and responsibilities.

Local Leadership in a Perfect Storm
[Nov 8, 2012, by Alex Thomson, in Public Finance ]
Alex Thomson reflects on Lord Howard's lecture: Local Opportunity - National Benefit.

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