Localis In The News

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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.

LGA frustrated by new Act's 'lack of flexibility'
[Nov 7, 2012, by Jonathan Werran, the MJ]
Alex Thomson, Chief Executive of Localis, is quoted in an article in the MJ about the Local Government Finance Act.

Heseltine report: industry reaction
[Oct 31, 2012, by Michael Donnelly, Regeneration and Renewal ]
Alex Thomson, Chief Executive of Localis, is quoted in a Regeneration and Renewal article about the industry reaction to the Heseltine Review.

Heseltine Review - sector reaction
[Oct 30, 2012, by The MJ]
Alex Thomson, Chief Executive of Localis, is quoted in an MJ article about the Heseltine Review's recommendations.

City Deal powers ‘should be given to all areas’
[Oct 30, 2012, by Richard Johnstone, Public Finance ]
Alex Thomson, Chief Executive of Localis, is quoted in a Public Finance article about the latest development in the City Deals programme.

Michael Howard: local leadership in a perfect storm
[Oct 26, 2012, by Michael Howard, in the Guardian Professional ]
Councils need to become drivers of growth, but leaders shouldn't wait to be told to make their move said Lord Howard, speaking at the Localis-sponsored Sandy Bruce-Lockhart lecture.

Fringe benefits from the conference season
[Oct 24, 2012, by Alex Thomson, in the MJ ]
So, the conference season is over and, having been at all three conferences, running more than a dozen fringe events, I have been given a fascinating insight into politics at both the very top and the grass roots.

Councils display appetite for innovation
[Oct 24, 2012, by Sarah Neville, The Financial Times ]
Localis' Catalyst Councils report was today referenced in the Financial Times, as part of an article arguing that local government is being innovative in response to the spending challenge.

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