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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.

Business rates will help successful councils open the funding floodgates
[Oct 23, 2012, by Alex Thomson, in the Guardian Professional]
Local rate retention has not gifted authorities the financial independence they crave, but it is a first step towards autonomy

Charities need change to contribute to public services'
[Oct 17, 2012, by Odgers Berndtson]
A new report has suggested that UK charities are being hampered by a number of factors in their effort to engage with the public sector and help provide services to those in need of them.

There are still a few Conservatives left at the Conservative Party Conference...
[Oct 4, 2012, by Dan Hannan MEP, in the Telegraph]
Dan Hannan MEP gives his views on attending party conferences, ahead of speaking at a Localis Conservative Party Conference fringe event.

Live discussion: can local government survive without the private sector?
[Oct 3, 2012, by The Guardian, Local Government Network ]
Senior Policy Officer at Localis, Steven Howell, participated in a Guardian online debate about the relationship between the public and private sectors.

A new era of service delivery requires a firm grasp on community capability
[Oct 2, 2012, by Andrew Jepp, Director of Public Services at Zurich Municipal in Local Government Chroncile ]
Against a new policy context of opening up public service provision, recent reports by Localis and the CBI provide further evidence that outsourcing in the public sector is here to stay.

New minister opposes changes to planning
[Sep 25, 2012, by Michael Burton, LocalGov.co.uk]
Speaking at a Localis fringe event, new Liberal Democrat local government minister Don Foster stressed his commitment to encouraging more community ownership of council assets.

Political Petri dishes
[Sep 20, 2012, by The Economist]
Long seen as plodding, Britain’s local councils are now bold, ideological and on the march says the Economist. Alex Thomson comments.

Council leaders see need for more outsourcing
[Sep 17, 2012, by Adam Leach, Supply Management ]
Council leaders have said making greater use of private and voluntary sector expertise is the greatest benefit of outsourcing services.

Councils 'becoming more receptive to collaborative working'
[Sep 17, 2012, by Odgers Berndtson]
Local councils are set to revolutionise their operations with a more open approach to collaboration, according to a leading thinktank.

Breaking down silos to deliver better public services
[Sep 14, 2012, by Steven Howell, Localis, in The Guardian ]
A new Localis report suggests councils will need to go beyond obvious reforms to deliver better public services in the future

Letwin: Localism is here to stay
[Sep 14, 2012, by Carl Brown, Inside Housing ]
Mr Letwin was speaking at the launch of a report by think tank Localis called Catalyst councils, which calls for councils to look at more service delivery options to promote economic growth and ‘maximise social value’.

Councils urged to close commissioning skills gap
[Sep 14, 2012, by Jonathan Werran, Localgov.co.uk (originally published by The MJ)]
Council chiefs should work with Whitehall to jointly develop best practice on commissioning public services, think tank Localis has urged.

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