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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"...

Deal or no deal?
[Mar 27, 2012, by Alex Thomson, Localis, in the MJ]
Decades have been spent devoting money to fragmented regeneration projects, but does the future lie with community budgets and deal-making? Alex Thomson asks.

PluggedIn: Social media and councils
[Mar 20, 2012, by Alex Thomson, Localis, in the MJ]
Social media is an integral part of service provision says Alex Thomson.

Left and right should unite to support the creation of a National Infrastructure Bank
[Mar 16, 2012, by Richard Carr, in Left Foot Forward]
“Britain’s dilemma,’ as Lord Skidelsky writes regarding Localis’s newly launched report Credit Where Credit’s Due, “is that its economy craves investment but its politics mandates fiscal retrenchment”.

TFI-News Interviews Localis' Alex Thomson
[Mar 12, 2012, by TFI-News]
TFI-News Interviews Localis Chief Executive Alex Thomson about 'Credit Where Credit's Due'.

The bank that would deliver real rewards on all sides
[Mar 9, 2012, by Alex Thomson, in the Times]
The Government has made clear its commitment to driving £250 billion of infrastructure investment over the next few years. As we await George Osborne’s third Budget, the question on many people’s lips is how can we meet this ambitious goal whilst continuing to cut the budgetary deficit?

How can local authorities fund new infrastructure?
[Mar 9, 2012, by Alex Thomson, Localis, in the Information Daily - formerly eGov monitor]
Infrastructure, and ways to fund it, have been subject to much debate of late – particularly since the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement prioritised greater investment in this area.

Capital ideas for the LGPS
[Mar 8, 2012, by Alex Thomson, Localis, in Public Finance]
The Local Government Pension Scheme should be investing in infrastructure programmes across the county. It would be good for fund members and for the economy.

Savings from shared management ‘exceed expectations’
[Mar 8, 2012, by Richard Johnstone, Public Finance]
Councils sharing chief executives have saved more money than they expected, a Local Government Association analysis has revealed.

United local view vital for role share
[Mar 8, 2012, by Mark Smulian, LGC]
Mutual trust between political leaders and equal attention to individual councils are said to be vital in making a success of shared chief executives.

Town halls 'must plan' infrastructure finance
[Mar 7, 2012, by Jonathan Werran, the MJ]
Councils should start preparing the ground for the next Spending Review and not ‘sit back waiting for ready-made solutions’ to drive local economic growth, communities secretary Eric Pickles has warned.

Create infrastructure bank to drive economic growth says Localis
[Mar 7, 2012, by the Information Daily - formerly eGov Monitor]
A new report calls for the establishment of a National Infrastructure Bank (NIB) to spur economic growth in infrastructure projects.

Pickles urges councils to prepare for next Spending Review
[Mar 7, 2012, by Localgov.co.uk]
Communities secretary Eric Pickles has urged councils to start preparing the ground for the next Spending Review.

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