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This edition of Policy Platform ? with contributions from senior local government figures – explores how councils can innovatively use their trading powers in the current economic climate
Localis’ latest report on reforming the business rates system with a foreword by Sir Michael Lyons, advocating the local retention of business rates to allow councils to support business growth.
The four contributors to this month’s Localis Policy Platform offer their views on how local authorities can support the process of community empowerment which lies at the core of the Big Society.
This Note follows the roundtable event on ‘Trust and Transparency in Local Government’ hosted by Localis in conjunction with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on 30th September 2010.
The balance of funding between central and local government is, arguably, the greatest challenge this government faces in achieving genuine decentralisation. We describe the problems as part of a more extensive piece of research that will culminate in a definitive report in 2011.
Providing full disclosure of public spending, in a format that is focused on the citizen, is a crucial first step in ensuring local government is accountable to local residents. Spikes Cavell has created a platform that allows data to be published on-line in a clear, standardised and comparable format, at minimal expense to public bodies.
In this Policy Platform we discuss how a localised benefits system could work, and what positives and challenges it entails.
This a note following a roundtable discussion hosted by Localis and Bracknell Forest Council considering the current localist foundations in the UK and how these can be built upon in the future. Paul Bettison, Leader of Bracknell Forest introduced and concluded the session, with a wide ranging discussion in between.
In this edition of Policy Platform we discuss the benefits and challenges of moving towards such a system, with more employees and service users taking control of public services.
Mike Freer, the former leader of the London Borough of Barnet explains the “easyCouncil” approach that would allow the council a greater personalisation of its budget.