Councils must recognise the threat to locally delivered social care
The local government sector, and the bodies which represent it, need to switch from a stance that welcomes small steps to one that recognises the existential threat that locally delivered social care now faces, argues Jessica Studdert.
Let’s fix our connectivity dysfunction
The Government is used to operating in broadcast mode rather than engaging in ongoing dialogue with local government, says Jessica Studdert, and she warns that without stronger connectivity, councils will constantly be on the back foot.
Finance that’s fit for the future
If we had a more mature central and local governance relationship we could consider a more enduring settlement that enshrines the diversity and sustainability of local government finance, says Jessica Studdert.
Culture shock: creating a changemaking culture
Adam Lent and Jessica Studdert introduce four case studies of councils beginning to benefit from a changemaking culture shift.
Three reasons why the Industrial Strategy is shortsighted
Jessica Studdert says the message to local government in today's Industrial Strategy white paper is clear: we might devolve, just not to you.
Governance for the 21st century
To avoid being buffeted by national inaction, local government now needs to grow a clearer model for social, economic and cultural impacts itself, writes Jessica Studdert.
Jessica Studdert breaks down the Government’s recent Building our Industrial Strategy green paper, and says a place-based focus is key to success
Time for dynamic devolution
If devolution is to deliver resiliant locations, it must now shift its focus towards localising the tools to support productivity. Jessica Studdert explains