Ed Cox, director, IPPR North
Bolstering educational attainment in the north will ultimately require the sort of funding enjoyed by schools in the south
Despite all the promises that ‘place’ would sit at the heart of the industrial strategy, in fact it’s tucked away at the end.
The government’s clean growth strategy was published in October with very little fanfare.
Our European neighbours lack our reticence for “mezzanine-level” institutions, writes Ed Cox of IPPR North
City-region focus should not be at the expense of smaller centres, writes the IPPR’s Ed Cox
Responding to new opportunitiesSubscription
Our great cities may once again find the freedom to drive prosperity but can they now step up to the plate?
Whether or not business rate retention is a fair or effective mechanism, with the economy flat-lining local government should have every incentive to play a vital role in economic development regardless.
The funding chickens come home to roostSubscription
Cost pressures too easily squeeze the commissioning process and reduce value-for-money considerations to simplistic economies of scale
What they said: IPPRSubscription
Real localism will only be achieved by reforming local taxation so that council tax is replaced by a fairer mix of income and properties taxes
The drive to create local enterprise partnerships is based on the idea that local economies develop around a ‘natural economic geography’.
Last week Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership set out its strategy for economic growth under the banner: realising our potential
After a decade of experimentation with participatory budgeting, could this be the moment when the idea moves from the margins to the mainstream?
Some it call it Big Society but whatever the name, positive community outlook is vital if deprived neighbourhoods are going to improve.
There was plenty of talk about Big Society at the Liberal Democrat conference last week including an interesting fringe where it was claimed that Jo Grimond, leader of the Liberal Party from 1956 - 1967 was the “inventor of Big Society”. But many party activists were more sceptical and whilst the guiding sentiments play well with liberal philosophy, the social democrat element was concerned more about the cuts
The question is not so much ‘what are councils doing?’ but ‘what are citizens doing?’ in the name of a bigger society