Tag Archives: economic growth

THE FINAL COUNTDOWN

The furore around Ministerial reshuffles has all but disappeared which surely provides our new Ministers with some much needed space to start thinking about setting their agendas for the duration of this political term.  DCLG in particular have seen some considerable turnover with the departure of Housing Minister Mark Prisk, Communities Minister Don Foster and […]

COLD COMFORT FROM THE AUTUMN STATEMENT

As may be apt for an autumn statement, the announcements today from the Chancellor show no let up in the freeze on local government funding, and there is an even frostier outlook for the years ahead. If you’ll forgive the terrible metaphor, here are some of the key points from today’s statement. Firstly, in terms of […]

SO WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?

This week figures were released for the Work Programme, the best known outcomes based commissioning programme in the UK. It has widely been reported that these figures represent failure. In the thirteen months between June 2011 and July 2012 a total of 837,000 people were referred to the programme. Of these, providers have achieved “successful […]

BORN TO RUN (THE ECONOMY)?

Yesterday’s blog on Lord Heseltine’s report caused a bit of a stir – well, with me at least. The post raised the question of what a local authority’s core business is. It suggested that, given the many other bodies whose core, and in some cases sole, focus is economic growth, arguing for unitary authorities as […]

IT TAKES (A LOT MORE THAN) TWO

Lord Heseltine’s report published today may be causing a stir in Whitehall, but if its recommendations are followed through, the effect on the town hall could be much greater. Whilst national commentators are focusing on the role of Local Enterprise Partnerships and a National Growth Council, there is relatively little attention being paid to the […]

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