Local democracy

  • Reinvigorating local democracy

    07 November 2018

    A conference in Newport this week looked at the future of democracy. Will Godfrey emphasises the city’s ‘proud history of making its voice heard’ and says the role and influence of local government is now more important than ever


  • The third option

    07 November 2018

    Deliberative democracy is helping bridge the gap between people and policy says Reema Patel


  • Local democracy reporters aid transparency

    07 November 2018

    The Local Democracy Reporting Service – the new BBC scheme that attempts to fill the gap in the reporting of local democracy issues – is already having an impact, reports Dan Peters


  • Democracy can only ever be the winner

    06 November 2018

    Head of Local News Partnerships at the BBC, Matthew Barraclough, on a new project adding another layer of council scrutiny.


  • Say ‘no’ to municipal censorship

    30 October 2018

    When grassroots activists proactively engage in the democratic process, they should be allowed to do so without municipal censorship, argues Claire Fox


  • Voter ID: Sledgehammer to crack a nut

    13 September 2018

    New analysis from the Electoral Reform Society shows the Government’s voter ID trials were far from successful, writes Jess Garland.


  • Councillors welcome delay to Labour democracy review

    10 September 2018

    Councillors have welcomed a Labour Party decision to postpone the local government side of its democracy review amid concerns that some proposals were ‘completely unworkable’.


  • Burnham: Devolution is our best hope

    06 September 2018

    Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has argued that devolution ‘offers the best hope of making Brexit work for the regions and uniting our uncertain nation’.


  • Ups and downs for districts

    21 August 2018

    Ian Miller gives an overview of the latest decisions and indecisions to affect district councils.


  • What is the strategy for local government?

    15 August 2018

    Lawrence Conway says the sector needs a unified strategy that is sustainable with forthright leadership and a focus on its goals and objectives.


  • Why ‘good’ consultation is key

    15 August 2018

    The importance of public consultation, especially in the local government arena, can not be underestimated – but it often is. Politicians on a national and local level can survive or fail based on the effectiveness of this process, as John Tizard explains.


  • Public votes proposed in civil society strategy

    09 August 2018

    Communities could be put in charge of facilities and decision-making put to public votes under proposals published by the Government today.


  • The localism effect

    08 August 2018

    Comparing the approaches of an English and German councils, Peter Eckersley argues closer relations between tiers of government can empower local authorities to pursue more ambitious policies and maintain greater control over decision-making.


  • Christchurch reorganisation challenge defeated

    07 August 2018

    Christchurch BC may launch an appeal after a High Court judge today refused its challenge to local government reorganisation plans.


  • Localis calls for 'big bang' devolution approach

    06 August 2018

    Think-tank Localis has called for a ‘big bang approach’ to recast the relationship between Whitehall and councils.


  • In defence of voter ID

    01 August 2018

    The subject of voter ID has divided many people, but Bob Neill calls for those sceptical about reform to catch up with the rest of the modern world.


  • Hillingdon wins social housing High Court battle

    30 July 2018

    Councils’ power to determine how social housing tenants are prioritised has been strengthened by a landmark court ruling in favour of a London borough.


  • May to back north of Tyne combined authority

    23 July 2018

    Prime minister Theresa May will today give the go-ahead for the creation of the north of Tyne combined authority.


  • Councils bring it home

    16 July 2018

    Diary admits it was excited when it heard whispers that football was coming home.


  • Brokenshire considering new devolution models

    10 July 2018

    James Brokenshire is considering new models of devolution as he seeks to extend further powers to local areas, the communities secretary has insisted.