Localis

  • Sector braced for more Whitehall interventions

    17 November 2020

    Local government is braced for further Whitehall interventions in the wake of ministers launching reviews of two councils within days of each other.


  • Creating Powerful Communities

    17 November 2020

    The Recovery and Devolution White Paper must seize on the promise of double devolution to build economic and social renewal from the bottom up, says chief executive of Localis Jonathan Werran.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Sector faces 'second lost decade'

    10 November 2020

    The local government sector has been warned it faces a ‘second lost decade’ as a new index revealed the most financially vulnerable district councils.


  • EXCLUSIVE: How are districts surviving the pandemic?

    10 November 2020

    A recent report has revealed the relative impact of the pandemic on districts’ economic vulnerability and their ability to recover. Dan Peters talks to councils named in the research about the findings.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Whitehall draws up early warning system

    22 September 2020

    The Government is plotting to create an early warning system alerting Whitehall to councils that may be in trouble, The MJ can reveal.


  • Taxing questions on a flawed system

    30 August 2020

    The Treasury announced a call for evidence on business rates. Martin Ford speaks to experts about the system’s flaws, and whether the Government can enact radical change in a time of coronavirus and Brexit.


  • Give us the fiscal tools to finish the recovery job

    16 July 2020

    Fiscal devo should work in England to boost growth, placemaking and social wellbeing as it does in Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland, says Jonathan Werran.


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

    16 July 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.


  • Fresh reorganisation offensive leaves districts quaking

    23 June 2020

    The County Councils’ Network (CCN) has launched a fresh offensive to rip up the local government map as the country emerges from the shadow of coronavirus.


  • Fresh league table fears

    16 June 2020

    The prospect of council performance being ranked in a league table has been raised again this week.


  • Free community groups to take on assets - think-tank

    03 June 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.


  • Brighten all corners

    15 April 2020

    Better, more consistent and accountable use of the Social Value Act could give communities the benefits they truly need from place-sensitive public service commissioning in the post-COVID era, writes Jonathan Werran.


  • Four key ideas for social value creation

    15 April 2020

    Karl Limbert sets out four key ideas for social value creation and says it’s time to nuture and grow ‘the trust we already have’ between the public sector and its private partners.


  • Learning from two different governance systems

    21 January 2020

    With elections looming in 2020, it is a topical moment to think about what we can learn from the combined authority structures and from London's governance system, says John O'Brien. What works best?


  • Localis hired for fiscal devolution study

    14 January 2020

    The Local Government Association has commissioned research to better understand how greater control of financial and fiscal levers might operate in non-metropolitan areas.


  • London leaders in devolution call

    26 November 2019

    Local government leaders and think-tanks in the capital have called on General Election candidates to commit to greater devolution.


  • It’s a fiscal drag

    15 October 2019

    If we are ever going to unlock the benefits and freedoms that fiscal devolution could engender in localities, we have to set out what the political problem is, writes Jonathan Werran.


  • Hopes of devolution framework revival

    10 September 2019

    Sector sources remain hopeful that the long-promised devolution framework could still be revived after a private informal meeting with Government officials about the next steps.


  • Devolution of immigration proposed to support healthcare

    06 September 2019

    The devolution of immigration quotas to local government is among the proposals by a think-tank aimed at bolstering place-based health.


  • The chips are down

    14 August 2019

    Diary’s ears always prick up at the merest hint of local government think-tank banter.