Local democracy

  • Counting the costs of the EU Exit process

    15 May 2019

    When the dust settles on the UK's departure from the European Union there will surely be a formal public inquiry into how the government has handled the process, says Ian Miller


  • What should ex-councillors do next?

    08 May 2019

    John Tizard says those staring into the future after losing their council seats should take time to ‘recover and reflect’, and there will always be ways they can use their ‘experience, knowledge, networks and political antennae’


  • Unfreezing social mobility

    08 May 2019

    Social mobility has been stagnating for years, says a new report. How can councils help drive social mobility upwards and reduce levels of income inequality – and what’s holding them back? Ann McGauran reports


  • Time for a governance refresh

    08 May 2019

    May is a prime time to review governance - and this can be done by understanding and addressing the needs of democratic accountability, says Ed Hammond.


  • Be a cautious revolutionary

    08 May 2019

    Challenging existing policies and paradigms is something we should always want, argues Dan Corry. But he warns that being too enthusiastic to do away with what came before can have unintended consequences.


  • Rise of independents suggests localism is on the move

    08 May 2019

    Brexit, which has split the two main parties down the middle nationally, has clearly also extended its reach down to local level. If this breaks the national stranglehold over local elections this is a promising outcome, says Michael Burton.


  • How to drive place-leadership in uncertain times

    30 April 2019

    When shaping the future for local areas, early cross-party and cross-chamber engagement and strong leadership are fundamental to achieving a shared vision and project stability, says Sheila Oxtoby


  • The local is where the repairs begin

    30 April 2019

    The things these elections should really be about – homes, schools, high streets, care and children’s services - are being fatally undermined by dysfunctional national politics, says Dr Jonathan Carr-West.


  • Candidates – don’t forget the local

    24 April 2019

    Voters in local elections are seeking tangible action on the ground, argues Bob Neill, and local candidates recognising this reality will be rewarded for it at the ballot box


  • The dead hand of centralism

    24 April 2019

    Central Government must give up its ‘iron grip’ on local government finances and free councils up to make genuine local choices, say Steve Leach and Colin Copus.


  • Taking forward New Municipalism in London

    10 April 2019

    The Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) has launched a new publication introducing the concept of New Municipalism and how it is being progressed in the London boroughs of Islington, Hackney and Camden.Neil McInroy explains its key elements.


  • Combined authority rejects mayor's power grab

    01 April 2019

    Plans to transfer control of policing to the West Midlands Mayor have been scrapped following a vote by the combined authority.


  • Start the democratic therapy process

    27 March 2019

    Local elections will be taking place against a Brexit backdrop - but Dr Jonathan Carr-West argues the problems created by democracy can only be solved by more democracy.


  • Voter ID pilot using poll cards worked in Watford

    21 February 2019

    Watford BC's voter ID pilot using poll cards with technology as proof of identity enhanced the elections and did not put electors off exercising their right to vote, says Gordon Amos.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Down to the core

    13 February 2019

    Six out of 10 senior council figures admit their authority is now only delivering a basic core offer of service, The MJ and LGiU think-tank’s annual local government finance survey has revealed.


  • NILGA: Give councils the power to change Northern Ireland

    11 February 2019

    The Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA) has called for the role of councils to be formally reviewed and strengthened after the elections in May, giving greater decision making powers to local people and places.


  • The real task ahead after deal or no-deal is to reconcile the bitter divisions

    30 January 2019

    If we are to overcome the divisive nature of Brexit, we must let people into the decision-making process - and devolution provides an ideal test bed for new democratic innovation, says Sarah Longlands.


  • Northern Irish councils in fresh calls amid Stormont deadlock

    18 January 2019

    Northern Ireland’s councils today said they need to be equipped to deliver more as the country marks two years since devolved government met at Stormont.


  • Putting people first

    16 January 2019

    Detached is not her form of politics and she ‘worked like an absolute sod’ to capture an ‘unwinnable’ seat in Waltham Forest MBC. Council leader Clare Coghill talks to Heather Jameson


  • Female empowerment is in need of a boost

    16 January 2019

    Women are under-represented in local government leadership roles and the West Midlands is behind the rest of the UK. Ann McGauran examines how this imbalance can be rectified