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In this edition of Policy Platform we have articles from: Cllr Paul Bettison from Bracknell Forest Borough Council, Cllr Margaret Eaton from the Local Government Association and Neil McInroy from the Centre for Local Economic Strategies on the topic of how local government should be represented in national politics.
This project is designed to involve young people in the decision making process of the Council and to create a positive role model for the Council. It also presents and opportunity to promote cohesion amongst young people from different communities. It costs almost nothing to do and has many potential benefits.
Voter turnout at local and national elections is consistently low, and falls far behind most other Western countries. But why is this? This edition of Policy Platform aims to explore this question and to understand what may be required to re-engage people in a political process which increasingly large numbers of people distrust or do not care about.
This is a note following a roundtable discussion hosted by Localis and the Audit Commission looking at the financial pressures on local government and the associated themes for how to deal with the effects of the recession. Steve Bundred, Chief Executive of the Audit Commission introduced and concluded the session, with a wide ranging discussion in between.
Some recommendations around the need to fundamentally reconnect local government investments with the creation of a civil society, a sustainable environment, and linked to these, a strong local economy.
Scotcash offers affordable loans and a range of financial services for socially and financially excluded citizens which meet the financial and social plans of the Council.
Incubation and innovation support for businesses delivered through a newly developed Innovation Centre
This is summary of a project on home based business development and mobile working facilitation which has Increased performance outputs of ‘total economic activity’ to 13.5%
A raange of measures aimed at providing businesses with more information, with improved outcomes and more business start ups.
Findings include – 60% of District Councils think that efficiency savings are not possible; 78% of respondents think that the Budget was bad for local government; and Only 35% think that statutory city regions are a good idea.