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Do we need a ‘National Child Protection Service’?

Image credit: @aboutwithneilmp It was standing room only at a packed Localis fringe event to debate whether the UK needs…

October 4, 2016

Local leadership please

If you’ve been glued to the coverage of the EU referendum result in recent days then you, like me, might…

June 27, 2016

Budget 2016 response: Devolution under threat

The Chancellor’s business rate reduction in today’s Budget is a bitter pill for local government to swallow. Just when it…

March 16, 2016

Bad Behavioural Economics

In their 2008 book Nudge, Thaler and Sunstein dedicate a whole chapter, entitled Objections, to various criticisms of behavioural economics….

February 5, 2016

The Spending Review: Tough choices to make

The social care council tax precept is good politics for George Osborne and bad politics for local government. He’s devolving…

November 25, 2015

What binds the EU and Devolution debates?

In his 1941 essay collection, The Lion and Unicorn, George Orwell remarked that “In England patriotism takes different forms in…

November 11, 2015

Tax credits and the productivity puzzle

Being anti tax-credit cuts puts you in a seriously eclectic camp. We have the Labour Party, the new and fragile…

October 27, 2015

The Spending Review Cometh

Find your nearest stack of recent local government trade magazines and place your hands above them. Can you feel the…

September 28, 2015


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