How to make a citizens’ assembly work for you
Want to commission a citizens’ assembly? Here, three councils say ‘go for it’. But there’s a lot to think about – and above all, you need the right issue say Sarah Owens, Isobel Wade and James Moody.
Boost for Yorkshire leaders committee talks
Local government secretary Robert Jenrick has agreed to talks on the role and functions of a new committee of leaders from across Yorkshire.
Who do public servants owe their loyalty to?
Public servants' role in stewardship of institutions, publicly defining fact and sharing advice, needs updating to take account of our very different world, argues Graeme McDonald.
Localis hired for fiscal devolution study
The Local Government Association has commissioned research to better understand how greater control of financial and fiscal levers might operate in non-metropolitan areas.
EXCLUSIVE: 100% business rates retention could be back on agenda
Full retention of business rates could shoot back up the agenda as part of a long-awaited Government review, The MJ understands.
Devolution revolution expected after Johnson wins
Local government was this morning expecting a devolution revolution after Prime Minister Boris Johnson secured a sweeping election win.
And a High Sheriff making the decree
Salt, grit, battery-powered lamps, heaters and jeeps are essential kit at this time of year in the Cotswolds. However Kathy O'Leary is pleased to report that no nativity plays have been harmed in preparing for this election.
A bandwagon that won’t stop rolling
The arguments for creating large unitary authorities have not been developed in an evidence-based way, say Steve Leach and Colin Copus. How can the persistence of ‘reorganisation by stealth’ be explained?
Promising the earth, but are they fit for the future?
Heather Jameson says that as we approach 2020, we are greeted by election manifestos appealing more to voters harking back to history, rather than looking toward the future.
Cambridge takes lead on citizens' assemblies
The work of a citizens’ assembly in Cambridge is to become a showcase for other councils looking at adopting the concept.
More information is better
One thing canvassers might remember is that voters ‘are free-thinking individuals who can change our minds if we hear a better argument’, says Claire Fox.
EXCLUSIVE: Single tier fear reignited
County councils are being offered the option of unitary local government as part of a devolution deal, The MJ understands.
Wirral’s cabinet is set to go as Labour lose key vote
Wirral MBC is legally obliged to abolish its leader and cabinet model and adopt a committee system by May 2020, following a town hall vote.
Route to restoring local democracy in Scotland
The first article in this series set out the context for restoring local democracy in Scotland. Lead author Keith Yates explains what followed and outlines the approach to the 1996 reorganisation.
It's time to act on improving women's representation in local government
There are a raft of measures that could improve the under-representation of women in our council chambers - many of which are set out by the Fawcett Society, says Claire Kober.
Mending a shattered society
Local government must be the glue that mends the broken bonds of our communities, writes Donna Hall.
Devolution, Brexit and health pledge tops agenda
Heather Jameson says the Queen’s Speech could be the shortest-lived legislative plan in history – but if the Government has time to deliver just some of the measures there is lots of legislation for local government
Queen's speech: Voter ID requirement at elections to be rolled out
The Queen’s Speech has set out the Government’s plans to require voters to show photographic ID at polling stations.
Plans for voter ID bill branded 'dangerous and undemocratic'
Plans to introduce voter ID across the whole country have been branded ‘dangerous, misguided and undemocratic’ by the Electoral Reform Society (ERS).
COSLA conference: Ex-minister hints at council tax cap relaxation
A former SNP minister has suggested there could be a relaxation of the cap on council tax.