A topical summary of an issue which has recently emerged. Its aim is to provide a pithy precis of the issue, thus creating a quick and easy to read document which directs to more detailed material if required.
21st March 2013 By Matthew Jackson
In this bulletin we seek to look at and critique the key elements of the 2013 budget in relation to economic development and local government.
21st March 2013 By Clare Cummings
This Bulletin will explore the emerging national level policy context around public health and local government; what local government needs to do to respond to the emerging public health legislation; why it is important to join up public health and the activities of local government; some of the key challenges facing local government associated with the public health reforms.
13th February 2013 By Matthew Jackson and Louis Harrison
This Bulletin seeks to identify how local authorities in England are responding to the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012, particularly in terms of how they are changing their processes, behaviours and cultures in relation to public procurement.
19th December 2012 By Matthew Jackson
This Bulletin provides a commentary upon the Coalition’s approach to economic growth and recovery, in light of the Autumn Statement 2012, reflecting upon the recommendations of the Heseltine Review.
19th October 2012 By Gareth Brown and Stephanie Nixon
This Bulletin provides an overview and analysis of the City Deals signed to date and provides CLES’ thoughts on the future direction, as the focus now turns onto implementing the first round of City Deals and a potential second wave of agreement with other urban areas.
17th May 2012 By Matthew Jackson
Relationships need to be between the centre and local when it comes to place making and determining who needs to play a role at the local level. Do we need a local figurehead or do we just need more mature relationships? Can we have one size fits all approaches to economic governance? Are certain mechanisms of governance just suited to particular types of place?
27th March 2012 By Adrian Nolan
The overarching theme of the Budget was to ‘reward hard work and promote growth’ but how successful was George Osbourne in achieving this, particularly in another budget in which fiscal concerns predominate? Are the Government’s plans and initiatives enough to make the key differences in changing the course of stagnant economy? And what does the Budget mean for local economic development in the future?
27th March 2012 By Neil McInroy and Matthew Jackson
This paper seeks to vent a sense that overly focusing on a north south divide might be hindering progressive thinking on inequality and poverty. In its place, this paper highlights the growing inequality and divisions between the haves and have nots across all corners of the UK, and suggests how a new robust localism and commitment to a redistributive centralism could address the growing divides.
7th February 2012 By Matthew Jackson
Economic development, regeneration and local governance, has seen significant changes in the way in which policy, strategy and delivery activity is designed, developed and ultimately rolled out. This bulletin outlines some of the likely repercussions for policy makers and deliverers in local government and the voluntary and community sector.
5th December 2011 By Matthew Jackson and Matthew Todd
This bulletin seeks to critique the Autumn Statement 2011 and highlight how members of CLES should respond.