Posts tagged with ‘ Localism ’

Will new audit change give rise to a phoenix from the flames?

, 25 March 2014

The commission itself is being scrapped – a mere three years later than originally intended – in favour of the big, bad, idea that councils and other public bodies should appoint their own auditors. This, as the Institute for Government noted in its recent study Dying to Improve, overturns a longstanding principle that really...

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Kicking the habit

, 3 November 2011

The Department for Education announced earlier this week that it will ‘name and shame’ poorly performing adoption services by ranking local authorities on the basis of 15 performance indicators. The Children in Care and Adoption league tables combine process indicators – such as the speed in which adoptions take place – with outcome indicators...

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Why the government needs to improve the mayoral offer

, 21 June 2011

On our tour of these 11 cities we were told by chief executives, officials, councillors, business and voluntary sector leaders alike that elected mayors could offer greater accountability and clear leadership at a local level, but that the mayoral offer to local authorities needs to be more clearly defined.  Yesterday we got more clarity...

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Acceptance of NHS reform could hinge on accountability

, 3 June 2011

If the Government’s listening exercise can encourage ministers to clarify the lines of accountability, the decentralisation introduced in the Health and Social Care Bill may be more widely accepted. The Institute’s recent report, Nothing to do with me? put forward guiding principles on ministerial accountability within decentralised services.

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Cameron’s Big Society speech: a day for mutual learning?

, 23 May 2011

The Big Society has always been synonymous with David Cameron. He sees the Big Society as his raison d’etre for being Prime Minister and, as we argued in One Year On, he is alone in the cabinet in being comfortable talking about it. Today’s speech reaffirms his commitment and emphasises that it is still...

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Shock, chaos and public service reform

, 17 May 2011

The Coalition’s plans for reforming our public services have been breathtakingly bold. From hospitals to schools, criminal justice to welfare, the pace and scale of the proposed reforms have taken many by surprise. But the government seems far more coy when it comes to publishing the long-delayed Public Services White Paper. What’s the problem?

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Last week’s mayoral elections and the future of urban governance

, 10 May 2011

Last week the nation emphatically rejected AV as a way to elect its MPs. On the same day voters in Middlesbrough, Mansfield, Bedford, Torbay and, for the first time, Leicester used a form of AV (the supplementary vote) to elect five executive mayors.

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Leicester: The real constitutional revolution of 2011?

, 4 May 2011

Without much national fanfare, Leicester will tomorrow become the largest city in England outside London to elect a mayor to run its affairs. In doing so, it could pave the way for Birmingham and other major cities outside the capital to follow suit in short order.

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Why localism is a load of rubbish

, 11 April 2011

Local government waste management is emerging as a test case of the government’s genuine commitment to localism. Over the weekend, plans by the Environment Secretary, Caroline Spelman, to rein in local authorities who charge for waste, suggest a low level of tolerance for local action and little belief in the power of local people to...

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Why Community Budgets are worth watching

, 1 April 2011

Today marks the launch of 16 Community Budget pilots that promise to pool local budgets around families with complex needs. Eric Pickles has said: “My message to local areas is: don’t be afraid to think big – to be as bold and as innovative as you can. This is the future for public services.”

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