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Hoare: We still want productivity plans

30/05/2024

Local government minister Simon Hoare has insisted he still wants councils to draw up unpopular productivity plans despite the election, The MJ understands.

Reform required to unleash preventative approach, says report

21/05/2024

Central government reforms are needed to help innovation in preventative services at a local level, a report has found.

Councils hit with new productivity demands

19/04/2024

Ministers demand councils improve productivity in the same week as the Government publishes a report revealing Whitehall makes the sector less efficient.

Productivity plans: more than just reducing expenditure

20/02/2024

Owen Garling, the Knowledge Transfer Facilitator at the Bennett Institute for Public Policy, explains how the public sector can boost its productivity levels.

REVEALED: Productivity plan demands toothless

15/02/2024

Councils have been told Whitehall will be unable to force them to submit productivity plans.

Gove pledges to halt council four-day weeks

02/10/2023

Michael Gove has pledged to stop local authorities from implementing a four-day week and said councils could face budget cuts if they adopt one.

Optimism about Greater Manchester’s economy ‘badly misplaced’

21/09/2023

Greater Manchester should expand its city centre, improve connectivity, and build 126,000 more homes to boost its productivity, the Resolution Foundation says.

Minister criticises council’s four-day week trial

03/07/2023

South Cambridgeshire DC has requested a meeting with local government minister Lee Rowley after receiving a letter urging it to stop the four-day week trial.

Boosting the wellbeing of public sector employees

06/06/2023

Sick days are damaging public sector productivity. Alun Baker, GoodShape, looks at how to boost employee wellbeing.

MP hits out at council's proposals to extend four-day trial

15/05/2023

A Conservative MP hit out at proposals by a council to approve an extension to a four-day week after a trial found improvements to productivity and wellbeing.

Halving regional productivity gap would boost economy by £83bn

26/11/2019

The UK economy could be boosted by £83bn per year if regions with below average productivity could close just half of their shortfall, according to a new report.

Councils save £100m through sector-led improvements

20/08/2019

Councils have saved more than £100m in the past year by using the Local Government Association’s sector-led improvement (SLI) offer.

Going the extra mile

08/08/2019

Paul Doe explains how local authorities can deliver value to citizens beyond connectivity.

Digital leadership and social value ecosystems

02/08/2019

Philip Baulch explores the role of the digital leader in driving culture change.

Harnessing the power of place can lead to better pay

17/05/2019

Douglas White explains why the Living Wage Places movement is gaining traction across the country.

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.

UK cities have 'more than recovered', says latest index

01/11/2018

Improving skills levels and new business formation have been the key long-term drivers of city growth since the financial crisis, according to analysts.

Inequality holding back growth potential of places warns report

19/04/2018

Inequality is holding back the full growth potential of places, according to the results of the annual Vibrant Economy Index.

Tough decisions needed to protect commercial heart of cities

11/04/2018

As urban centres change transform, the priority should be on protecting and expanding the commercial space in city centres, rather than encouraging more residential development, argues Andrew Carter.

Rural counties suffer from low broadband speeds

06/04/2018

A new study has revealed that over two-thirds of England’s counties have lower than average broadband speeds.

Industrial strategy neglecting fortunes of ‘left-behind’ areas, think tank warns

26/03/2018

The Government’s decision to focus its industrial strategy on the most advanced areas of England risks neglecting the economic fortunes of the bulk of the country, think tank warns.

The power of automated workflows

26/02/2018

Nick Parkes calls on councils to adopt automated workflow software to increase productivity.

Dusting off your in-house project management framework

07/02/2018

Sarah Wilson explains the benefits of councils having a standard approach to project management.

Report published into improving value of public spending

20/11/2017

A new 'public value framework' is the central recommendation of a report aiming to deliver better value for money for publicly-funded services.

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