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In this report, we discuss the intricacies and virtues of customer-focused policymaking, and how it applies to local government. We based our findings on an innovative council, Cheshire West and Chester.
ViCP is a ground breaking project that matches volunteers to families with one or more children suffering from neglect and who are at risk of significant harm. CSV’s volunteers provide support and encouragement to help these families address the many problems they face and ultimately assist them in turning a chaotic, dysfunctional home into a happy, stable and safe environment in which they can thrive.
Milton Keynes aims to be an exemplar community for low carbon living and has developed an overall strategy to this end, working with key local partners – in particular the Homes and Communities Agency. In order to promote the take up of electric vehicles Milton Keynes Council has partnered with the Renault-Nissan Alliance.
Hull’s Youth Enterprise Bank (YEB) is an informal public/private/community partnership that facilitates grants to develop young people’s enterprising ideas. The Youth Enterprise Bank was set up with the support of the Council officers and members, Hull Youth Council, Chamber of Commerce, University of Hull and local entrepreneurs.
In this Policy Platform we discuss how a localised benefits system could work, and what positives and challenges it entails.
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.