Localis In The News

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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.

Localis chief executive on catalyst councils
[Sep 14, 2012, by Jo Tura, Room 151]
Alex Thomson, Chief Executive of Localis, speaks to Room 151 about Localis' new report, 'Catalyst Councils'

Closing the commissioning skills gap
[Sep 14, 2012, by Alex Thomson, Localis, in The MJ]
As the Government reshuffles its ministers, but maintains its priority is rebuilding the economy, the latest report from think-tank Localis looks at providing the skills for councils to change how they work. Alex Thomson explains.

Private sector 'could control local services'
[Sep 14, 2012, by Sarah Cassidy, The Independent]
Social care, waste collection, road maintenance, planning, housing and environmental health could all be provided by the private or voluntary sector in the future, according to Localis' new report, Catalyst Councils.

Local authorities likely to take a patchwork approach to services
[Sep 14, 2012, by Jane Dudman, The Guardian]
Council chiefs want to bring in additional expertise by working with outside partners, but they still face opposition, says Localis

Local government: things can only get harder
[Sep 14, 2012, by Steven Howell, Localis, in Public Finance ]
Councils are facing up to the austerity challenge in new and innovative ways. Getting rid of unnecessary EU red tape would help too

44% of council chiefs say planning should remain in-house
[Sep 13, 2012, by Jamie Carpenter, Planning]
More than two-fifths of council leaders and chief executives think that planning services should remain in-house, according to Localis' new report published this week.

Think-tank predicts fundamental change in local government
[Sep 13, 2012, by Information Daily ]
Local government is about to undergo a drastic change in the way it operates, according to the think-tank Localis

Councils’ ‘commissioning skills gap should be closed’
[Sep 13, 2012, by Richard Johnstone, Public Finance]
Whitehall should help councils improve their commissioning skills as increasing numbers of services are outsourced, according to the Localis think-tank.

Launch of 'Catalyst Councils' highlighted in The Guardian's Politics Live
[Sep 13, 2012, by Andrew Sparrow, The Guardian Politics Live]
The launch of Localis' new report 'Catalyst Councils' was highlighted in Andrew Sparrow's Politics Live blog on The Guardian's website

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  • "Localis is fast gaining a reputation for pre-empting the localist agenda, producing thought provoking research and practical policy ideas"Anthony Seldon, author and political commentator
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  • "Localis offers a great blend of a passion for innovation, grounded practical ideas and unswerving belief in the possibilities of local governance"Derek Myers, Chief Executive, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea


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