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Neil McInroy

Neil McInroy is chief executive of the Centre for Local Economic Strategies . He has recently returned from a series of visits around the world to see how economies can be boosted by action from local authorities.

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Local government and social sector must be friends not foes

Posted by Neil McInroyMon, 11 Apr 2011

Far too much debate around local government and big society has focussed on crude caricatures. It’s time to create new outcome focussed relationships and the social sector and local government have to be friends in this endeavour - not foes.

Local Government must ensure they retain a place stewardship role

Posted by Neil McInroyTue, 15 Mar 2011

Local government does a special place stewardship job. We risk losing this if the vast majority of services are outsourced. We need to have a greater debate on the risks.

Local economies in peril?

Posted by Neil McInroyWed, 9 Mar 2011

Good policy is never enough, we also need plans. Many of our local economies, will continue to fail or lose their edge, unless we start linking up local economic policy into strategy, considering the wider aspects of place.

Big society needs to strengthen the way we already live - not undermine it

Posted by Neil McInroyWed, 10 Nov 2010

For all the talk about big society, small state we need a big awareness about what we could be losing. Many of things we cherish about our community life in Britain is not unbreakabe. It needs to be shielded, grown and nurtured.