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Deal or no deal?
[Mar 27, 2012, by Alex Thomson, Localis, in the MJ]
Decades have been spent devoting money to fragmented regeneration projects, but does the future lie with community budgets and deal-making? Alex Thomson asks.

PluggedIn: Social media and councils
[Mar 20, 2012, by Alex Thomson, Localis, in the MJ]
Social media is an integral part of service provision says Alex Thomson.

Left and right should unite to support the creation of a National Infrastructure Bank
[Mar 16, 2012, by Richard Carr, in Left Foot Forward]
“Britain’s dilemma,’ as Lord Skidelsky writes regarding Localis’s newly launched report Credit Where Credit’s Due, “is that its economy craves investment but its politics mandates fiscal retrenchment”.

TFI-News Interviews Localis' Alex Thomson
[Mar 12, 2012, by TFI-News]
TFI-News Interviews Localis Chief Executive Alex Thomson about 'Credit Where Credit's Due'.

The bank that would deliver real rewards on all sides
[Mar 9, 2012, by Alex Thomson, in the Times]
The Government has made clear its commitment to driving £250 billion of infrastructure investment over the next few years. As we await George Osborne’s third Budget, the question on many people’s lips is how can we meet this ambitious goal whilst continuing to cut the budgetary deficit?

How can local authorities fund new infrastructure?
[Mar 9, 2012, by Alex Thomson, Localis, in the Information Daily - formerly eGov monitor]
Infrastructure, and ways to fund it, have been subject to much debate of late – particularly since the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement prioritised greater investment in this area.

Capital ideas for the LGPS
[Mar 8, 2012, by Alex Thomson, Localis, in Public Finance]
The Local Government Pension Scheme should be investing in infrastructure programmes across the county. It would be good for fund members and for the economy.

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.

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