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What these essays successfully demonstrate is that the ‘Small State, Big Society’ approach is not just a good idea ? it is an idea that has been shown to work, and one that offers the only real solution to the many challenges we now face.
This is a note following a roundtable discussion hosted by Localis and Essex County Council considering the merits of the current benefits system and the potential alternatives. Lord Hanningfield, Strategic Leader of Essex County Council, introduced and concluded the session, with a wide ranging discussion in between.
In this edition of Policy Platform we discuss what the future role of local government in the education system should be. This is a topic which has divided opinion in the past, so we have assembled three leading thinkers in this field to discuss the topic to establish what the fault lines are, and how they may be solved.
The London Borough of Sutton seeks to transform the housing and council tax benefit claim process through e-enabled claiming only. Sutton wishes to help customers access housing and council tax benefits by removing the need to complete lengthy complex application forms and by offering a choice of assisted ways to claim.
A debate about the right scale for local government and reorganisation with contributions from a large unitary council, a small district and a leading commentator on international local government.
In both urban and rural areas the closures of local Post Offices has provoked anguish in the local communities that rely on them. The government has argued that the shrinking of the post office network is inevitable as a result of lack of profitability. In this Policy Platform we explore three perspectives which focus on the role that local government might be able to play in ensuring that the Post Office network is maintained and supported.
North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire have established cross boundary infrastructure to develop economic opportunities on the largest employment site in Yorkshire and Humber.
The South Humber Gateway will make a major contribution to reducing carbon emissions and to the outcomes of the government’s green energy agenda.
Travelchoice in Peterborough is one of the three DfT Sustainable Travel Demonstration Town projects.
The overall aims of this behavioural change project were to (a) improve the quality and availability of up to date accurate travel information (b) encourage and enable more people to try walking, cycling, car sharing and public transport and (c) provide a positive experience for existing and new sustainable transport users.
Peterborough City Council along with Hampton College has created a game to test citizens’ knowledge on surrounding environmental issues allowing the Council to interact with all types of residents and ensuring the participants learn valuable lessons.
Dundee City Council has joined the Carbon Management Programme to ensure the council’s commitment to greenhouse gas reduction is incorporated into new and established strategies. The city council reduced energy consumption by 11.2% and the initiatives employed included the use of 350,000 grant from the Scottish Government’s Central Efficiency Fund.