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Savings from shared management ‘exceed expectations’
[Mar 8, 2012, by Richard Johnstone, Public Finance]
Councils sharing chief executives have saved more money than they expected, a Local Government Association analysis has revealed.

United local view vital for role share
[Mar 8, 2012, by Mark Smulian, LGC]
Mutual trust between political leaders and equal attention to individual councils are said to be vital in making a success of shared chief executives.

Town halls 'must plan' infrastructure finance
[Mar 7, 2012, by Jonathan Werran, the MJ]
Councils should start preparing the ground for the next Spending Review and not ‘sit back waiting for ready-made solutions’ to drive local economic growth, communities secretary Eric Pickles has warned.

Create infrastructure bank to drive economic growth says Localis
[Mar 7, 2012, by the Information Daily - formerly eGov Monitor]
A new report calls for the establishment of a National Infrastructure Bank (NIB) to spur economic growth in infrastructure projects.

Pickles urges councils to prepare for next Spending Review
[Mar 7, 2012, by Localgov.co.uk]
Communities secretary Eric Pickles has urged councils to start preparing the ground for the next Spending Review.

Live discussion: is the old model of public service delivery really broken?
[Mar 7, 2012, by the Guardian Local Government Network]
Localis Research Fellow, Steven Howell, took part in a Guardian online debate on Wednesday 7th March regarding the delivery and design of public services.

The Independent View: how Liberal Democrats can provide Clegg's
[Mar 7, 2012, by Richard Carr, Localis, in Liberal Democratic Voice]
As Nick Clegg has recently noted, there needs to be a ‘gear shift’ in infrastructure spending. Whilst George Osborne dots the i’s and crosses the t’s on his third budget, it is worth considering how such a ‘gear shift’ may be enacted.

Council pension funds urged to invest in waste
[Mar 7, 2012, by Mark Smulian, Materials Recycling Week]
Local government pension funds should plough money into waste and other infrastructure investments to boost their returns and support essential projects, an influential think-tank has said.

The Guardian Local Government Network: Pick of the Web
[Mar 6, 2012, by the Guardian Local Government Network]
The Guardian's Local Government Network has named Localis' 'Credit Where Credit's Due' report as their Pick of the Web.

Council pension funds 'should invest in infrastructure'
[Mar 6, 2012, by Mark Smulian, LGC]
Local government pension funds should plough money into infrastructure investment both to boost their own returns and to support essential projects, a think-tank has said.

Incentive payments should help first-time buyers
[Mar 6, 2012, by Tom Lloyd, Inside Housing]
Councils should consider using new homes bonus funding to set up schemes to help first-time buyers get on the housing ladder, according to an influential think tank.

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.

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