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This report compares the English central-local balance with that in a number of European and Commonwealth countries. It examines issues ranging from finance and performance management to constitutional protection.
In this second Localis Policy Platform, two County Councils (Essex and Leicestershire), a District Council (Tandridge) and a unitary authority (Bracknell Forest) address the need for change in the local government finance system.
This research note by Localis examines ways to create a more effective ‘freedom of information’ for local areas by looking at both how public bodies such as local authorities can release more information, but also how the data itself can be improved to make it more amenable to the public and to those who wish to manipulate it in new and meaningful ways.
This paper is the first in a series of publications, with submissions by leading figures across a number of Councils across the UK, aided by Localis, with the aim of creating a dialogue between Local Authorities and policy makers about some of the most important issues and experiences that Councils have encountered in their daily work.
This research note suggests that the Government’s case for RDAs is based on little or no evidence, and that the current Sub-National Review does not go far enough to devolve power to from the regional tier to councils.
Success and the city: Learning from international urban policies is the second in a series of three reports on urban regeneration policy published by Policy Exchange and Localis.
Sir Simon Milton’s inaugural speech as Chairman of the Local Government Association
In our pamphlet ‘Two Cheers for the Concordat’ we argue that the Concordat signed between Her Majesty’s Government and the LGA represents a positive step towards a constitutional settlement for local government.
This Policy Exchange report was supported by Localis. The report argued that the government should allow forces voluntarily to federate where necessary, extend the remit of national policing agencies …
This report is a supplement to a previous report
by Policy Exchange and Localis, on the reform of the revenue finance system of local government in England.