March 2016 - NewStart

Jennifer Rouse

We need to maintain local control of schools

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.

Local government can do more to boost wages

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.

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