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Axe DWP and pass control to town halls, say chiefs
[Aug 9, 2012, by The MJ]
Council chiefs have suggested the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) should be abolished and its responsibilities devolved locally, The MJ can reveal.

Councils turn to sponsors for cash
[Aug 8, 2012, by Jim Pickard, Financial Times]
Localis points out that local authorities are becoming more entrepreneurial at a time of unprecedented financial challenge, as the FT investigates how councils are increasingly looking towards corporate sponsorship for income.

Money can't buy you community regeneration, so what next?
[Jul 27, 2012, by Steven Howell, Localis, in the Guardian Local Government Network]
Thinktank Localis concludes that local leadership and community action are the best ways to spark regeneration

The need for local government to prove itself
[Jul 25, 2012, by Steven Howell, Localis, in The MJ ]
What does local government need to do in order to prove itself?

The £17bn headache
[Jun 27, 2012, by Jonathan Werran and Dominic Browne, The MJ]
Localis' Alex Thomson argues for a shift of funding from acute to preventative care, as a recent LGA report exposes a £16.5bn shortfall in local authority funding by 2020.

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 that’s 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.

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