Think tank calls for £200bn rescue package from Sunak
Chancellor Rishi Sunak should announce a targeted £200bn fiscal stimulus package in his statement tomorrow equal to 10% of GDP to aid the economic recovery says think-tank the Resolution Foundation.
Think tank calls for sweeping reforms to local taxes
A group of former Treasury special advisers have called for revaluation of the council tax and reform of business rates to boost the economy post-COVID-19.
Former Chancellor calls for infrastructure devo deal
Former Labour Chancellor Alistair Darling has called for all infrastructure projects below £500m to be managed by local or combined authorities.
Debt collection needs reform, says think tank
Local government should follow the lead of the private sector when it comes to debt collection, the latest report from the Centre for Social Justice think tank has claimed.
Think tank calls for benefit cap to be suspended to protect renters
Social housing tenants are the most likely to be affected by the current economic crisis, a new report has found today.
Major parties ‘fall short’ on social care funding commitments
None of the three major parties have pledged enough in social care funding to fix the ongoing crisis, a health think-tank has concluded.
'Emphasis on devolution' promised under a Conservative government
Devolution is likely to be back on the priority agenda should the Conservatives win the next general election according to the former No 10 chief of staff to Theresa May.
General Election 'spending arms race' predicted
Parties making public spending pledges during the election campaign should look beyond the size of the state and consider its shape, a high-profile report from the Resolution Foundation has urged
IPPR calls for public health funding to be linked to NHS budgets
Public health funding should be linked to increases in the NHS budget, a briefing published by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) suggests.
Devolution key to tackle climate change
Devolution is crucial to unlocking the potential of local government to play its part in tackling climate change, new reports published this week have concluded.
Report recommends fully funding social care through taxation
The public backs funding social care through general taxation, according to new polling.
Scotland and Wales 'ignored by Westminster'
Scottish and Welsh ministers say they are still ignored by Westminster despite 20 years of devolution, according to a report from the Institute for Government.
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Localis chief to step down
Chief executive of local government think-tank Localis, Liam Booth-Smith, is to step down to take up a position as director of policy at Policy Exchange.
Call for a radical rethink on the generational divide
Radical changes to housing, council and inheritance tax and pensions are needed to end the unfair ‘generational’ divide, according to a major think-tank.
Integrate health and care, says Obama aide
A former adviser to President Obama says the NHS could be ‘the best health system in the world’ if it could fully integrate with social care.
Scrap 'outdated and regressive council tax,' says think-tank
Council tax is ‘outdated and regressive,’ and the Government should consider scrapping it in favour of a fairer system, according to a think-tank.
Councils urged to adopt a ‘changemaking’ approach
A think-tank has warned that a radical cultural shift is needed in local government rather than a rigid redesign of structures.
Counties and districts clash over new report
A war of words has broken out between the two tiers of English local government after a report said replacing district councils with single unitary authorities could save £2.9bn a year.