Local democracy

  • The people have spoken

    14 September 2021

    Engaging with the public to gauge local priorities, Newham LBC’s first permanent Citizens’ Assembly saw members get to grips with the issues and offering practical recommendations and a good steer about what really matters. Heather Jameson reports.


  • Pickles praises mayors during pandemic

    09 September 2021

    Former local government secretary Eric Pickles has admitted he was a ‘late convert’ to the idea of metro mayors.


  • Call to 'resume democratic control' at Ceredigion

    24 August 2021

    Ceredigion Council’s leader has been urged to ‘resume democratic control’ of the authority.


  • Photo ID for elections will be even more difficult to 'sell' to the public

    02 August 2021

    The Government now wants to introduce a requirement for photo ID for elections. Paul Shevlin says this will be even more difficult to ‘sell’ to the public than mixed-ID and will need even more resources.


  • Devolution is back on the table

    27 July 2021

    It's time to continue building strong partnerships across the economic, real-life geographies around which the Government can devolve serious influence on housing, transport, skills, employment, health and much more, says Cllr John Fuller.


  • System reset required: go to settings

    21 July 2021

    As the APSE Local Government Commission 2030 launches its findings, Paul O’Brien says we need a big bang reset to resolve the issues facing local authorities.


  • Johnson: Bring your devolution plans to me

    15 July 2021

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson called for local leaders to take their devolution plans to him in a keynote speech from the West Midlands this morning.


  • Voter ID 'colossal waste of money,' says Labour

    14 July 2021

    Proposals to introduce voter ID are a ‘colossal waste of money,’ Labour has argued.


  • Newham launches permanent citizens' assembly

    09 July 2021

    Newham LBC is launching the first permanent citizens' assembly in an effort to hand more power to people.


  • Lockdown lessons

    07 July 2021

    The chasm between the rule-makers and the ruled has been viscerally brought to life by differing attitudes to and experiences of lockdown restrictions, according to Baroness Claire Fox.


  • COVID concerns prompt council to return to meeting virtually

    29 June 2021

    Cheshire West & Chester Council has threatened to ignore the Government edict to return to face-to-face meetings due to COVID concerns.


  • Model routes to democracy

    23 June 2021

    Dr Arianna Giovannini says Sheffield voters' decision to reject the strong leader model was a 'victory for democracy'. But Henri Murison rejects the case for committee decision-making while Cllr Tony Page argues for a hybrid approach.


  • Cities are not mere delivery agents for nations

    22 June 2021

    All the global cities at the first 'G7 U7' summit were on the frontline during the pandemic, says Cllr Nick Forbes. 'They all suffered as a result, but our discussion made clear they are also the places most capable of delivering recovery'.


  • Virtual meetings have boosted local democracy, survey finds

    17 June 2021

    Nine in 10 councils believe local democracy has improved as a direct result of online council meetings, a survey has found.


  • Heseltine: Metro mayors should make more trouble for Boris

    14 June 2021

    Metro mayors should ‘make more trouble for the Prime Minister’ to deliver their plans, former deputy prime minister Lord Heseltine told an online seminar on devolution.


  • Solidarity in a climate of fear

    02 June 2021

    In the aftermath of a recent religious scandal involving a schoolteacher, Claire Fox salutes the binmen who, she believes, have shown up how a climate of fear can make cowards of leaders – and threaten our democratic core values.


  • Former minister tells government: Stop being so ridiculously tribal

    26 May 2021

    Ex-Treasury minister Lord Jim O’Neill has told the Government to stop being ‘so ridiculously tribal’ as it considers the next stage of its devolution policy.


  • Bassetlaw Council holds a COVID safe AGM

    24 May 2021

    Bassetlaw DC not only met safely in public for its AGM, it also elected the UK’s youngest chair of a district council, says Cllr Simon Greaves.


  • Community resilience: preventing the breakdown

    19 May 2021

    Governments must change the post-pandemic narrative to avoid community breakdown, says a public health expert. Ann McGauran reports.


  • Change is in the air

    19 May 2021

    In anticipation of its forthcoming report on councils and net zero, the National Audit Office asked a round table of local government experts hosted by The MJ what they were doing on climate change – and what they needed from central government.