Localis In The News

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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

The Financial Pressures on Local Government
[Sep 6, 2012, by Alex Thomson, Localis on BBC Radio Merseyside]
Localis chief executive Alex Thomson appeared on the BBC Radio Merseyside Breakfast Show, explaining the financial pressures on local government

Treasury-bound Clark keeps cities role in DCLG sweep
[Sep 6, 2012, by Dominic Browne, The MJ]
Localis chief executive Alex Thomson says that the decision not to move Eric Pickles in this week's reshuffle shows that the Government is still committed to its localism agenda.

Live discussion: what makes a good council chief executive?
[Sep 5, 2012, by The Guardian, Local Government Network ]
Senior Policy Officer at Localis, Steven Howell, will participate in a Guardian online debate about how the role of the local government chief executive is changing. Tune in at 12-2pm on Wednesday 5 September.

Live discussion: how can housing boost the economy?
[Sep 3, 2012, by The Guardian, Housing Network ]
Senior Policy Officer at Localis, Steven Howell, took part in a Guardian online debate on Monday 3rd September about how housing can boost the economy and how investment in house building might best be unlocked.

Rate yields rise 9.1% but expose regional diversity
[Aug 22, 2012, by Jonathan Werran, The MJ]
Alex Thomson, chief executive at Localis, argues that councils should be given a real incentive to pursue economic growth in light of recent figures showing regional disparities in business rates yields.

Councils never more closely tied to promoting economic growth
[Aug 14, 2012, by Steven Howell, Localis, in The Guardian Local Government Network ]
Council leaders and chief executives are looking more than ever at designing services around economic growth. Steven Howell reports on a recent thinktank debate

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

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