The Complexity of Local Government in England: The West Midlands’ Rubik’s Cube

September 2020 – Dr Charlotte Hoole, LIPSIT Co-Investigator

Originally published on the City REDI Blog

Back in 2006, the then head of communications at the New Local Government Network was quoted in the Guardian as saying “the complexity of local government is something that even councillors can find perplexing and for those on the outside it can seem more puzzling than a Rubik’s cube”. Continue reading…


UK Regional Productivity Variations and What Might be Driving These

February 2020 – Dr Charlotte Hoole, LIPSIT Co-Investigator

Over the past decade, the gap between the UK’s productivity performance and other OECD countries has been widening. This is due to unusually slow growth rates in UK productivity since 2010 in spite of rising employment, leading to what has been termed the UK’s ‘productivity puzzle’. Continue reading…