At the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES), we see first hand how local control and local solutions typically create better outcomes. Because of this, we are concerned about two key elements of the announcement: the move of academies from local authority control, and the fact that academies will no longer be required to have parents sitting on their governing board.
March 2016 - NewStart
It is a divide between those who want to wait, patiently or impatiently, for the Chinese to invest or before they clutch the national reins of government and launch a new regeneration programme to kickstart the local economy of our cities – and those who want to get on and do something themselves.
Our proposals for the Living Wage business rate relief are being developed and we’re looking to introduce the scheme early in the new financial year. I hope others follow suit and cities come up with more innovative ways to boost wages for the low paid and achieve economic growth. As local leaders it’s up to us to make this happen.
So the agenda is moving. That is good. But I hope the converts to social inclusion now grow some backbone, and start to insist that we forge a truly socially just economy.
Belfast Council has added new responsibilities to its portfolio, including social enterprise development. Its chief executive Suzanne Wylie talks to New Start about supporting social start-ups, inclusive growth and stopping the brain drain
Over the next four months there will be unprecedented political activity and manoeuvres. This provides a huge opportunity for community and voluntary organisations – you should not be shy in ‘seizing the moment’.