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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.

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.

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