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Devolution’s biggest obstacle: the centralist culture of contempt

On February 13th, 2014, posted in: News by 0 Comment

This isn’t really a LEP Week offering, but it was prompted by Alex Jones’ contribution.  Not so much by the pragmatic content – LEPs ain’t great, but make the most via The Chamberlain Files http://ift.tt/1mc3DjO

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GBSLEP: Recycling or Innovating?

On February 13th, 2014, posted in: News by 0 Comment

Regular Chamberlain Files visitor and former civil servant John D Turner takes a harder look at the numbers and challenges the job creation and Board representation figures for GBSLEP. I via The Chamberlain Files http://ift.tt/1bOFbLB

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Never Knowingly Oversold

On February 12th, 2014, posted in: News by 0 Comment

In an exclusive interview with the Files, GBSLEP Chair and John Lewis boss Andy Street sets out his stall for chief blogger Paul Dale and is in the business of via The Chamberlain Files http://ift.tt/1j2ZadW

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Council to cut spending by £85m, 1,000 jobs to go: Birmingham faces ‘austerity crisis’

On February 12th, 2014, posted in: News by 0 Comment

Spending cuts of £85.7 million have been outlined by Birmingham City Council’s Labour leadership, with a warning of far worse to come next year as the Government’s austerity measures bite via The Chamberlain Files http://ift.tt/1jwgWcV

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Devolution should be at the heart of 2015 election

On February 12th, 2014, posted in: News by 0 Comment

LEPs are still evolving, says Centre for Cities chief executive Alex Jones, and cities need to be given the tools to grow their economies, reform public services and respond to via The Chamberlain Files http://ift.tt/1bV9qne

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A Total Dog’s Breakfast

On February 11th, 2014, posted in: News by 0 Comment

Prominent backbench Labour councillor John Clancy says GBSLEP is not about the local, is not focusing on the right enterprises and the partnership boundary has been extended in the wrong direction. The clue via The Chamberlain Files http://ift.tt/1gl589F

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Council must ‘stop blaming social workers’ for children’s services failure, experts warn

On February 11th, 2014, posted in: News by 0 Comment

Birmingham City Council and partner organisations invariably “blame the social worker” when things go wrong rather than admit to their own managerial shortcomings, according to a critical report into children’s via The Chamberlain Files http://ift.tt/1kyePWn

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A Greater Story: Jobs, Investment and a ‘Fundamental Re-positioning’

On February 11th, 2014, posted in: News by 0 Comment

Jerry Blackett, Chief Executive of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, reflects on the progress of LEPs, localism and lessons learnt. It will be four years this summer since the government via The Chamberlain Files http://ift.tt/1g1vRsp

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LEP Lowdown

On February 10th, 2014, posted in: News by 0 Comment

Confused as to what LEPs are and why The Chamberlain Files is spending a week talking about them? We have prepared a ‘policy primer’ that helps to chart the creation via The Chamberlain Files http://ift.tt/1eJXXJQ

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Devolution held back over fears councils will ‘do something barmy’

On February 10th, 2014, posted in: News by 0 Comment

Promises to decentralise power issued during the 2015 General Election are unlikely to be delivered unless the Government learns from past mistakes including botched plans for regional assemblies and elected via The Chamberlain Files http://ift.tt/1iGJsFU

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