Localis

Retrofitting risks ‘dangerous divide’

18/10/2021

Councils should have a role to play in avoiding widening regional inequalities when retrofitting housing, according to a new report today.

Sharpening the commercial edge

17/06/2021

The case for well-managed council commercial activity is one that needs to be defended if we want a mature and sustainable local state, argues Jonathan Werran.

Councils urged to 'sharpen commercial edge'

15/06/2021

A new report has argued that allowing councils to sharpen their commercial edge will ‘unlock immense latent place potential’ and help ‘galvanise recovery’.

Devolution must focus on economy, says think-tank

06/05/2021

Devolution needs to focus on rebuilding the economy rather than local government reorganisation, a think-tank has claimed.

A toolkit for good governance

11/03/2021

Launched this week, a new framework for examining complex local governance challenges focused on behaviours and culture provides a ‘common language’ to talk about risk, says Lord Bob Kerslake.

New toolkit to help councils champion good governance

09/03/2021

New toolkits to help senior council staff and councillors understand and act on risks to good governance have been published today.

Ministers urged to 'double down on devolution'

17/11/2020

A new study has called for the creation of 'pop up parishes' and 'people's budgets' to give communities greater control over local services and assets.

Better response to pandemic from European councils, says think-tank

16/07/2020

Local government across Europe has been able to react to the coronavirus crisis with greater power and autonomy than in the UK, a report published today has found.

Free community groups to take on assets - think-tank

03/06/2020

Powers allowing community groups to take on local assets should be kick-started to build on the volunteer spirit generated by Covid says a report released today.

Councils pledge to 'keep it local'

04/03/2020

Eleven councils have pledged to move away from big outsourcing contracts and keep local services in the hands of local community organisations.

The price to pay

29/01/2020

If the Johnson Government values the institutions of mayoral governance as agents of levelling up, they will have to creatively fund and resource them, writes Localis chief executive Jonathan Werran.

Think tank calls for councils to have powers over immigration post-Brexit

06/09/2019

Councils should be given powers after Brexit to issue visas to foreign workers based on their assessment of local need, according to think tank Localis.

Healing the divisions through local economic power

16/05/2019

The nation is becoming increasingly divided, but a think tank report on Britain post-Brexit provides a positive vision for the future, says Mark Whitehead.

Think tank calls for creation of a British Investment Bank

15/05/2019

An investment bank should be set up to 'kick start a productivity revolution' after Brexit, according to a local government think tank.

Think tank calls for ‘major rethink’ of electric vehicles roll out

10/01/2019

The roll out of infrastructure for electric vehicles risks exacerbating the divide between rich and poor, creating ‘a tale of two cities’ in urban centres, a think tank has warned.

Labour hits out at housing cash shift

12/11/2018

Labour has called for all areas to receive greater Government backing after Whitehall shifted the focus of its housing cash.

Reform outsourcing to avoid £30bn bill, think-tank warns

30/10/2018

Bringing outsourced services in-house would cost local government billions, a think-tank has calculated.

Public 'willing' to pay more tax for certain services

25/06/2018

Most people would be prepared to pay more in council tax or one-off voluntary levies to fund particular local services, a new poll has revealed today.

Industrial Strategy snubs councils

27/11/2017

Business secretary Greg Clark has snubbed councils and empowered local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) in the Government’s long-awaited Industrial Strategy.

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The Brownfield Land Release Fund

To what extent does this early initiative of the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities deliver on the ‘levelling up’ agenda? Lawrence Turner reports.
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