We need to resist the creep of pork barrel politics
The 'creep of increasingly overt pork barrel politics into our winner-takes-all electoral system ultimately benefits no-one', says Jessica Studdert.
A healthy dose of community engagement
The NHS has a lot to learn from local government about community engagement, says Jessica Studdert
So, what happens when the political calculations around levelling up change?
Recent events threaten to disrupt the flagship levelling up agenda we were told would be nothing short of system change for how the country is governed, says Jessica Studdert.
The cost of living crisis needs a strong locally-led response
We need to use more collective imagination to build a more adaptive and empowered local state that can work in new ways with people to respond to current crises, says Jessica Studdert.
Communities need real power and influence over how their health is approached
The question of governance structures has dominated the new healthcare landscape, says Jessica Studdert. 'The focus must be on creating new ways of working that are anchored in places, powered by their assets and with communities themselves at the heart.'
Devo should not be about what Whitehall is prepared to cede
After nearly a decade of devolution, the Levelling Up White Paper has finally created a blueprint for devolved decision-making. Jessica Studdert calls for less ‘divide and rule’ and more decentralisation.
There's a whiff of purpose once more on devolution
Devolution should rock the status quo and create a new culture of governance which pushes everyone who currently holds decision-making power out of their comfort zones, says deputy chief executive of New Local Jessica Studdert.
Ring-fenced funds are not well suited to the roaring demand challenges of the twenties
By doing away with ring-fences all together, local partners would be freed up to collaborate and share more power and resource directly with communities, argues Jessica Studdert.
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