Local democracy

  • Empowering your residents

    17 April 2018

    Authorities can empower residents by changing behaviour and enlisting support for that change when service providers and volunteers in communities come together, writes Maxine Moar.


  • Housing and Brexit: a toxic mix for the Tories on 3 May

    17 April 2018

    Michael Burton asks whether local issues could help the Conservatives salvage some comfort from what could be a car crash election for them next month.


  • Government orders councils to cease fortnightly publications

    12 April 2018

    The Government has directed Hackney and Waltham Forest LBCs to cease publication of their fortnightly newspapers and publish no more than quarterly.


  • Welsh Government in new push for larger councils

    20 March 2018

    Local government in Wales is facing a radical overhaul, with ministers consulting on plans to create ‘larger, stronger councils’.


  • Youth vote is not the answer

    07 March 2018

    Claire Fox argues that extending the vote to 16-year-olds is a distraction from the failure to enthuse 18-plus adults to vote.


  • Kerslake in attempt to break devolution deadlock

    01 March 2018

    The former head of the Civil Service, Lord Kerslake, has been drafted in to resolve the deadlock over Yorkshire devolution.


  • East Anglia devolution back on agenda

    15 February 2018

    An influential council leader has urged his colleagues to resurrect plans for devolution to East Anglia.


  • Un-breaking local news

    14 February 2018

    The decline of readily-available quality local news continues, but with the Government’s recent review announcement Bob Neill feels there is hope for the future – and now is the time to join in.


  • The democratic dimensions of the Suffragettes' victory

    13 February 2018

    Ed Cox looks at what last week's centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act means for our democracy today.


  • Devolution framework 'almost done'

    09 February 2018

    The Government's new devolution framework is 'almost done,' communities secretary Sajid Javid has insisted.


  • Filling the democracy void

    06 February 2018

    Public services are delivered by an increasingly complex matrix of organisations in a mix of formal and informal partnerships. Jacqui McKinlay sets out the arguments for local public accounts committees to fill the local democratic deficit that has emerged.


  • Mayor defends £11 tax precept

    25 January 2018

    West Midlands mayor Andy Street yesterday defended his proposal for an £11 council tax precept after it was rejected by the combined authority’s cabinet.


  • Gwynne aims to find compromise over Haringey deal

    24 January 2018

    Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has asked shadow local government secretary Andrew Gwynne to lead mediation in a dispute over Haringey LBC’s regeneration programme.


  • Lord Kerslake: Let's reignite the possibilities of localism

    22 January 2018

    Localism is a marathon, not a sprint, writes Lord Kerslake. Quick fixes through legislation will not be enough.


  • Metro mayors have key role in health and wealth

    21 December 2017

    Chief executive of Public Health England, Duncan Selbie, and managing director of consultancy Metro Dynamics, Ben Lucas, on the influence mayors can have.


  • Brum’s full English

    05 December 2017

    Bostin! I’m not clarting about – our kid’s only gone and landed silverware. It’s yampy, just look at his fizzog: he’s in his oil tot!


  • Devolution deal will give region 'seat at the table'

    24 November 2017

    A new North of Tyne directly-elected mayor will have powers in housing, planning and skills, the Government has announced.


  • LGA reveals Brexit wish list

    21 November 2017

    The Local Government Association (LGA) has published a definitive wish list of new powers that it wants directly devolved from the EU to the sector post-Brexit.


  • MP attacks 'merger most foul'

    15 November 2017

    A MP has vowed to stop plans to create a super-district, labelling it a ‘merger most foul’.


  • Giving councillors a voice

    06 November 2017

    Local government must organise itself to support its councillors in their interactions with external agencies, write Professor Colin Copus and Rachel Wall.