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27 April 2016 NAO gives view on the government’s progress on devolution

The momentum of the devolution revolution seems to have slowed. Local authorities have been left hanging on, tantalisingly close to a deal…

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26 April 2016 Relationships key to devolution success

With the majority of central government sitting behind the Treasury when it comes to buying into the devolution agenda, what will the long term relationship between central and local government look like?

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25 April 2016 Devolution revolution - is central government ready?

One of the key themes explored in our report ‘Our changing state: the realities of austerity and devolution’ is the preparedness of central government

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26 March 2015 Devolution and local government structures for collaboration and efficiency

In a climate where collaborative grouping of local authorities has emerged as a model for regional devolution, alongside the obvious financial pressures driven by the current austerity agenda, it is sensible for all councils to consider opportunities to come together to deliver efficiencies and to lobby more effectively for additional powers.

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17 December 2013 New public procurement thresholds published

The European Commission has published the new public procurement thresholds to apply from 1 Jan 2014.

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14 November 2013 National Audit Office reports on outsourcing public services

The National Audit Office’s recent report on contracting with the private sector raises several questions about how outsourcing contracts operate.

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29 May 2013 Hot and cold

A couple of weeks ago the D2N2 LEP announced that it had a first draft of a proposed merger with Leicester and Leicestershire LEP which sits comfortably with the drive from central government for more joined up thinking from neighbouring LEPs.

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21 May 2013 The 39 LEPs

The now oft-quoted 39 may no longer be the correct number if the members of 2 LEPs take forward the proposals set out in an options paper drawn up by the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire LEP, D2N2.

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14 May 2013 Is there still light at the end of the tunnel for priority schools?

The Government has announced that 137 of the 221 schools on its Priority School Building Programme (PSBP) will now be delivered using capital funding after failing to raise sufficient private capital.

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13 May 2013 Skills sweet or savoury

The divergence of opinion in Whitehall over where skills funding should be administered from continues.

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