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Ambitious regeneration plans in Southwark
[Jun 20, 2012, by Cllr Peter John, Southwark Council, in the Guardian Local Government Network]
Cllr Peter John takes a whistle stop tour of regeneration in Southwark. Grow your own way, a new report from think-tank Localis looks at local approaches to regeneration and includes a case study on Southwark.

PluggedIN: The quality of leadership in the public sector
[Jun 13, 2012, by Alex Thomson, Localis, in the MJ]
Alex Thomson writes about the MJ's Future Forum, the scale of the challenge faced by the sector over coming years and the quality of public sector leadership.

Regeneration in practice: lessons from Manchester
[Jun 6, 2012, by John Holden, in the Guardian Local Government Network]
Creating a combined authority covering the whole economic area of Greater Manchester will help the city to recover faster from recession. Grow your own way, a new report from think-tank Localis looks at local approaches to regeneration and includes a case study on Greater Manchester.

We need a local approach to regeneration
[May 28, 2012, by Alex Thomson, the Guardian Public Leaders Network]
It's not an easy time for anyone right now, but spare a thought for council leaders. Faced with the biggest share of cuts in the 2010 spending review, local governments can see the writing on the wall.

Localism: LGA and Localis argue for locally driven growth
[May 24, 2012, by the Information Daily]
The Local Government Association (LGA) has partnered with the think-tank Localis to launch a report arguing for a locally driven regeneration scheme. The report uses several case studies of successful regeneration schemes around the UK.

Rooting for regeneration
[May 24, 2012, by Alex Thomson, Localis, in Public Finance]
Councils need some grow-your-own tools to help promote local regeneration. Extending the community budget pilots nationwide would be a good start. If regeneration was easy, life would be much simpler. Unfortunately thatís not the case, as several decades of centrally-led programmes have shown.

Report: Let councils lead regeneration efforts
[May 23, 2012, by John Geoghegan, Regeneration + Renewal]
A report launched today by local government think-tank, Localis, and umbrella body the Local Government Association (LGA) calls for councils to be given more powers over raising finance to achieve a locally-driven approach to regeneration.

Ministers urged to roll-out City Deals
[May 22, 2012, by Jonathan Werran, the MJ]
Localis' Alex Thomson argues the case for growth counties, as well as growth cities, as local government experts call on ministers to rapdily implement 'City Deals' across a wider range of authorities under plans to boost economic growth.

Regeneration in practice: lessons from across the pond
[May 21, 2012, by Alex Thomson, Localis, in the Guardian Local Government Network]
In a second post on regeneration, the Alex Thomson of Localis calls on local government to look to the US for new ideas on local growth. Grow your own way, a new report from think-tank Localis looks at local approaches to regeneration and includes a case study on Pittsburgh.

Breathing new life into regeneration
[May 17, 2012, by Alex Thomson, Localis, in the MJ]
Britain has a long history of regenerating local areas that had, for whatever reason, failed to prosper.

Let the local authority clamour for more devolved power begin
[May 3, 2012, by Steven Howell, Localis, in the Guardian Public Leaders Network]
After the elections, government in the big cities will undergo major change, while other areas look on with interest says Steven Howell.

PluggedIn: The enriching power of learning for local communities
[May 1, 2012, by Alex Thomson, Localis, in the MJ]
The prime minister David Cameron once famously entreated the British public to 'hug a hoodie'. Now employment minister, Chris Grayling, has suggested that hoodies should be offered not just love but jobs as well, urging employers to look beyond...

England's new mayors prove a force for good
[Apr 26, 2012, by Alex Thomson, Localis, in the MJ]
The introduction of mayors over the past decade has been mostly positive, says Alex Thomson. With the exception of a few notable areas, the chances are that, for many people outside London, their most personal experience of a directly-elected mayor will not be a particularly positive one.

Local regeneration is about economic and social wellbeing
[Apr 26, 2012, by Alex Thomson, Localis, in the Guardian Local Government Network]
In the first of a series on funding regeneration, the CEO of Localis says local leadership is the key to successful renewal.

Local economies: an opportunity for councils or risking stagnation?
[Mar 30, 2012, by Joseph Foley, the Guardian Local Government Network]
Local councils are being told to step up and take responsibility for economic growth in their areas. But while councils are keen to exert greater control over their local economies, many feel they are being told to do so with "one hand tied behind their backs"...

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