The manifestos airbrushed out austerity but it hasn’t gone away
While all three main parties emphasise how much they intend to give to the NHS, and to a lesser extent, care, they are much more circumspect about local government funding, writes Michael Burton.
Engaging with the electorate
Bob Neill says Britain requires an ambitious, forward looking vision for adult social care, health and housing.
Parties promise less austerity but little more on devolution
Local government received a passing mention in last week’s party manifestos but their main focus was on tax and spend and controversial plans for health and care. Michael Burton reports.
White Van Man on . . . social care
Let’s face it, old people run this country ‘cos they’ve got nothing better to do in the day than go and vote, and the canny little sods make sure they vote for a party that feather beds their endless old age.
Borrowing drops ahead of General Election
The Government has been handed good news on the public finances with the last official figures before the General Election showing a drop in borrowing.
Tory manifesto pledge comes under fire
Government plans to intensify the use of deferred payments for social care costs could be stymied by councils’ reluctance to support claw-back deals, a former pensions minister has warned.
The Tory social care policy is a stinker, but what else is on offer?
Theresa May's social care policy is a stinker, but the proposals have broken new ground in many important ways, writes Adam Lent.
Labour is sick but it is not yet terminal
Labour is like a very ill patient that refuses to die, but Ben Page predicts the party's demise is some way off.
In the real world the storm clouds are gathering
As the parties make hollow pre-election promises, Michael Burton warns there are serious questions to be answered about the future of public spending.
Labour’s manifesto lacks a commitment to localism
The Labour Party bills itself as the party of devolution, but Heather Jameson argues its manifesto offers less devolution and more sucking of the state back up to the centre.
Metro mayors: from election to implementation
Tina Hallett sets out the approaches the new mayors should consider if they are to succeed in their missions.
Where do we go from here?
It’s time for the metro mayors lead the way, writes Gill Morris.
Council care homes 'under cloud'
Private care home residents are sustaining the publicly-funded sector which is struggling under a ‘cloud of uncertainty and risk’, research by LaingBuisson has found.
The new mayors will change politics in unexpected ways
Tom Follett examines the new mayoral roles and how the regional figureheads will impact upon the political landscape.
I heard it on the radio
These days Local Government Association chief executive Mark Lloyd is used to kicking up a fuss on behalf of the sector.
PODCAST: Still leading from the front line
In the latest Public Intelligence/The MJ podcast on leadership, Jim McMahon explains why he puts communities at the centre of everything – and central government needs to do the same after Brexit. Heather Jameson reports.
Brexit negotiations should not distract from public reform
With the General Elections set to be dominated by Brexit, Judith Blake calls for a focus on the bread and butter of politics.
Flying into Brexit times
Brexit is one of the key issues of our time and ought to be among the top issues for people on which to decide their vote, writes Dan Corry.
Ex-Oldham leader urges ‘constitutional protection’ for local government
The public will feel ‘stitched up’ if central government doesn’t deliver jobs, housing and prospects in the aftermath of Brexit, according to Labour local government spokesman Jim McMahon.
Local Elections 2017: final results
The Conservatives have made the biggest local government election gains by a governing party for 40 years, final results show.