when we take the boom goggles off, what do we see? We see disadvantages, which even the fastest train won’t solve completely – poor skills levels, fierce competition across the UK and beyond, a flawed economic planning context, national economic stewardship which still favours the city of London and no proper industrial strategy.
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The term 'sustainability' has become a tag added often unthinkingly to guarantee the validity of policies, products and values. If we are serious about it we need to ensure we agree on what it means and how to attain it, says Silvio Benuto.
Analysis of the first release of Census 2011 data suggests that in many local authority areas those mid year estimates are pretty far out.
The biggest lesson from the last century is this: the government needs to invest in skills and infrastructure now. If government can get this right, the investment will be more than repaid in years to come.
It’s important to try to re-set the terms of the somewhat uninspiring debate that is currently accompanying welfare reform in this country. I hope that, in part, this can be done by comparing the UK’s welfare arrangements and reform trajectory with those in other countries.
To those who question the future role of local authorities, Camden’s Equality Taskforce provides a bold answer and will help the council to define a much clearer role as a local strategic and democratic leader in an uncertain future.
The brains at Locality have combined technology, mapping, and their know-how of community buildings and land to produce two groundbreaking online tools assisting communities to make their area a much better place to live in!
One thing seems clear from general conversations, discussion boards and the press is that people don’t want a political mayor because they feel that Bristol’s politics are poisonous and have held the city back for decades. Take that into account and we’ve got a long way to go to get a good selection to choose from.
David Kirkham, strategic manager for Nottinghamshire: City and County Employment and Skills Board, gives his views on the Work Programme and the task facing local authorities and their partners
New types of investment are needed to kick-start our local economies. A team at Bristol Council is leading on the development of a local investment fund aimed at supporting the economic growth and wellbeing of the city.