Category Archives: Proposition 5: Local government can drive economic growth

Catherine Howe, chief executive of Public-i, chairs a discussion focusing on the role of the modern local authority in driving growth and create a framework for action at local and national levels.

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Social Investment… the answer to all our woes?

Blog post by Philippa Mellish, SOLACE Policy Manager I’ve just arrived back to the office from a roundtable discussion, jointly hosted by SOLACE and BDO, on how local government can harness social investment for social goals. The seminar is part … Continue reading

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The shrinking window of opportunity

Blog by Bill Green, Head of Local Government & Communities, EC Harris Better management of public sector property and built assets has rightly come under the spotlight during the local government cutbacks. Estimates vary on what the local authority estate … Continue reading

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Yes we can

Tom Stannard, Director of Policy and Communications, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council The Chancellor is all about growth.  Plan A, we are told, will deliver it, without question.  The Business Secretary, likewise, is all about growth.  His new plans for … Continue reading

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Education and an economic vision for 4 year olds

Blog post by Catherine Howe, Chief Executive, Public-i As I have been reading around the issue of economic renewal I keep coming back to something I read on the (excellent) Greater Cambridgeshire Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership website.  Their ambition is … Continue reading

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“Enterprise zones – another way to help successful areas?”

Blog post by Catherine Howe, Chief Executive, Public-i With the announcement of the second wave of enterprise zones (you can read about it here). I have been reading up on what they hope to achieve. To be honest – and … Continue reading

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The Salford Riots: the best and the worst of our city

Following last week’s post from the chief executive of Haringey, this week we have we have the reflections of Barbara Spicer, chief executive of Salford. I am grateful to Barbara for writing for this blog and I find Barbara’s perspective … Continue reading

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London Riots: a chief executive’s perspective

In writing to offer support to the chief executives of many of the places affected by the rioting in recent days, I have been struck by the deep emotion in their often brief replies. It has also struck me that … Continue reading

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