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Think tank calls for infrastructure bank part-funded by council pension schemes
[Mar 5, 2012, by Local Government Lawyer]
A leading think tank has called for the creation of a £30bn National Infrastructure Bank part funded by local government pension schemes.

Council pension schemes ‘should fund infrastructure bank’
[Mar 5, 2012, by Richard Johnstone, Public Finance]
Funds from local government pension schemes should be used to help set up a £30bn national infrastructure bank, a local government think-tank said today.

Why should pension funds back an infrastructure bank?
[Mar 5, 2012, by Alistair Osborne, the Telegraph]
It is , on the face of it, a difficult trick to pull off. As this month's Budget will testify, the Government has pinned its growth agenda on securing £250bn of public and private sector investment in Britain's creaking infrastructure over the next five years.

Let QE fund a new infrastructure bank
[Mar 5, 2012, by Alistair Osborne, the Telegraph]
The study from local government think tank Localis and Lloyds Banking Group makes the new bank a key recommendation among proposals to kickstart the Coalition's planned £250bn of infrastructure spending over the next five years.

We need to use the LEPs to generate funding
[Feb 28, 2012, by Alex Thomson, Localis, in the MJ]
Local Enterprise Partnerships need greater powers to unlock infrastructure funding says Alex Thomson, Chief Executive, Localis.

Power shift
[Feb 24, 2012, by Rhiannon Bury, Inside Housing]
In May 10 cities will vote on whether they want an elected mayor. Here Rhiannon Bury finds out what’s at stake for housing, and Localis Chief Executive Alex Thomson is featured in the discussion.

Live discussion: are councils prepared for community planning?
[Feb 22, 2012, by The Guardian, Local Government Network]
Localis Research Fellow, Richard Carr, took part in a Guardian online debate on Wednesday 22nd February regarding the future of the planning system and how local government can adjust and encourage communities to get involved.

The regeneration game: local authorities broker deals for growth
[Feb 17, 2012, by Alex Thomson, Localis, in the Guardian Local Government Network]
Councils have unprecedented power to make changes in their areas – while juggling cuts and walking a financial tightrope

Blue Labour and the Politics of Place
[Feb 12, 2012, by BBC Parliament]
Lord Glasman delivered a speech at our offices in Westminster on Thursday 9th February entitled 'Blue Labour and the Politics of Place'. BBC Parliament has included the speech (including a video of the event) as a part of their 'Briefings.'

Regeneration revisited
[Feb 9, 2012, by Alex Thomson, Localis, in Public Finance]
Councils have to look for new ways of regenerating our towns and cities and should consider alternatives to the Private Finance Initiative such as Local Asset Backed Vehicles.

Society daily 09.02.12
[Feb 9, 2012, by Clare Horton, the Guardian]
Lord Glasman, who is delivering a speech tonight on Blue Labour and the Politics of Place for the Localis thinktank.

PluggedIN: Regeneration in a time of austerity
[Feb 9, 2012, by Alex Thomson, Localis, in the MJ]
Alex Thomson says local government needs to rethink its approach to infrastructure investment.

Live discussion: how much of a risk is localism?
[Feb 8, 2012, by the Guardian]
Localis Research Fellow, Richard Carr, took part in a Guardian online debate on the risks and rewards of greater responsibility for localist councils on Wednesday 8th February.

The week ahead: 06/02/12-11/02/12
[Feb 6, 2012, by Arun Marsh, the Guardian Professional Public Leaders Network]
The Guardian Public Leaders Network highlights Localis' upcoming event - a speech by Lord Glasman.

Shifting from acute to primary and community care
[Jan 10, 2012, by Paul Carter, in Local Government Chronicle]
Two thirds of councils see local government as unengaged in shaping health reforms while almost three quarters believe the sector has had little or no influence over them. These are the depressing results from a national straw poll conducted by Localis for the Kent Health Commission...

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