‘Revitalising Local Government’ is the Final Report of the New South Wales (NSW) Independent Local Government Review Panel, published in October 2013. This review of the Final Report is written from the perspective of the experience of the UK, particularly England. It was commissioned by the United Services Union (USU), New South Wales, Australia. It covers the role and importance of local government, localism, place-based leadership and mergers of local authorities.
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Briefing on NSW ‘Revitalising Local Government’ - Apr 2014Jane Lethbridge
Shield Group profile - Apr 2014Jane Lethbridge
This report provides a profile of Shield, a company providing security services to public and private sector agencies in the UK, India, United States, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana and Australia. The company has recent won a contract to run visitor/ security services at the Imperial War Museum.
Water Privatisation and Remunicipalisation: International Lessons for Jakarta - Apr 2014Emanuele Lobina
This report provides background to the current court case and public debate about the privatised Jakarta water concessions. It seeks to provide international empirical experience concerning privatisation and the role of public sector in water services, in the framework of water as a human right. It uses this experience to identify distinctive features of the Jakarta contracts, and to discuss parallels between the experiences in Jakarta and in the rest of the world. Finally, it offers conclusions in relation to the possible future of water services in Jakarta.
Who owns Britain’s energy networks and does it matter? - Feb 2014Steve Thomas
This report reviews recent changes in the ownership of electricity and gas networks in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland).
PSIRU Newsletter No 1 - Jan 2014Jane Lethbridge
PSIRU Newsletter No 1 December 2013 - covering events attended by PSIRU researchers, recent PSIRU publications, company changes and 'in-the-pipeline' World Bank projects
MNCs in Electricity and Gas 2013 - Dec 2013David Hall
This report provides updates on 29 multinational companies active in the energy sector in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Americas, Middle East and Europe.
Briefing on tax justice issues - Africa - Dec 2013Jane Lethbridge
This report provides a briefing on tax justice in Africa, highlighting the following issues: the importance of taxation, tax havens and off-shore finance, tax base erosion and profit-shifting (BEPS) and ways of addressing tax evasion.
Briefing on tax justice issues - Asia-Pacific QPS Forum - Dec 2013Jane Lethbridge
This report provides a briefing on tax justice in the Asia-Pacific region, highlighting the following issues: the importance of taxation, tax havens and off-shore finance, tax base erosion and profit-shifting (BEPS) and ways of addressing tax evasion.
Challenges of digital government - Dec 2013Jane Lethbridge
This report was commissioned by PCS. It examines how digitalisation has affected employment in the retail sector and how a group of countries, Singapore, Denmark, Germany and Japan, have approached the digitalisation of government services. The recent experience of digitalisation in UK government services is analysed as well as the issues faced by service users. The report concludes that training of civil servants is crucial for the success of digital government. Strategies are required to meet the needs of a wide range of service users if a digital ‘divide’ is to be avoided.
List of water re-municipalisations worldwide - November 2013 - Dec 2013Emanuele Lobina
This report identifies 86 examples of water re-municipalisation that have taken place over the past 15 years.