Localis In The News

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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...

How can we find the funding for infrastructure in 2012?
[Jan 9, 2012, by Alex Thomson, Localis, in the Guardian Local Government Network]
Councils may look to local asset backed vehicles to solve the problem of funding infrastructure in a downturn

Is the Localism Act a lawyers' charter?
[Dec 23, 2011, by Michael Burton, the MJ]
A round table debate organised at think-tank Localis with Berwin Leighton Paisner discussed the question: is the Localism Act a lawyers' charter?

Delivering infrastructure through a new public-private partnership
[Dec 20, 2011, by Richard Carr, on the LGA website]
Richard Carr, Research Fellow, Localis discusses the Private Finance initiative (PFI) and how local authorities can deliver short-term growth without incurring long-term public debt.

Local government's role in healthcare
[Dec 20, 2011, by Alex Thomson, Localis, in the Guardian Healthcare Network]
One element of the NHS reforms has prompted little conversation – the reconnection of local government to health, says Localis' Alex Thomson

Alex Thomson talks to BBC Coventry & Warwickshire
[Dec 19, 2011, by Localis]
Localis’ Chief Executive, Alex Thomson took part in a debate on BBC Coventry & Warwickshire’s Shane O'Connor's Breakfast Show.

Disposing of rubbish after Christmas
[Dec 14, 2011, by Alex Thomson, Localis, in the MJ]
It's time to take the rubbish out of the Christmas break says Alex Thomson.

Seize the moment
[Dec 13, 2011, by Alex Thomson, Localis, in Inside Housing]
We need to build more houses, a lot more. And the government’s housing strategy, with its panoply of policies, makes clear that they know it. But could it be another government policy that opens the door to local authorities playing a major part in house building?

Councillors doubt HRA reform will boost building
[Dec 8, 2011, by Tom Lloyd, Inside Housing]
Local authority leaders have questioned whether the dismantling of the housing revenue account subsidy system will allow councils to start building large numbers of homes.

Engaging ways to enhance healthcare
[Dec 8, 2011, by Alex Thomson, Localis, in the MJ]
The Kent Health Commission has been set up to demonstrate how latest health reforms can be made to work for the benefit of all. Alex Thomson explains

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