Carolyn Downs

Carolyn Downs

Carolyn Downs is chief executive Brent LBC and former chief executive of the Local Government Association
  • Taking on the climate emergency starts with community

    08 November 2019

    Brent is aiming for carbon neutrality by 2030, ‘but to drive meaningful change we must also bring our communities on the journey with us ’, says Carolyn Downs.


  • PluggedIn - Carolyn Downs

    17 September 2014

    LGA chief executive ponders the implications of the Barker Commission's call for integrated, 21st century health and social care.


  • PluggedIn by Carolyn Downs

    03 June 2014

    LGA chief executive says the sector needs to tell a better story so the public understands the benefits of care and health integration.


  • PluggedIN - Carolyn Downs

    26 February 2014

    LGA chief executive writes on how councils should step up in responding to the housing crisis.


  • Plugged In: We are reaching a tipping point

    18 December 2013

    Over the course of 2013 I have travelled the length and breadth of the country talking and listening to councils of all sizes, types and political control.


  • PluggedIN: Carolyn Downs

    06 November 2013

    LGA chief executive explains Smith Square's Autumn Submission and importance of new money to fund future care services.


  • PluggedIN: Carolyn Downs

    26 September 2013

    Welfare ministers must give councils sufficient resources to meet projected increase in demand for local support, says LGA chief executive.


  • PluggedIN Carolyn Downs

    06 August 2013

    LGA chief executive outlines the benefits of better integrating children's health and care services.


  • Communications breakdown

    15 May 2013

    Public services are going through a period of great change, residents need to know what is going on in their local area, says Carolyn Downs.


  • Protecting public services

    11 April 2013

    Significant cuts to council budgets will mean the most efficient public services will deteriorate, according to Carolyn Downs.


  • The make-or-break year for adult social care

    16 January 2013

    Carolyn Downs says 2013 will be a make-or-break year for adult social care to achieve long-term reform.


  • Residents' satisfaction matters most

    08 November 2012

    Carolyn Downs looks at the results of a recent quarterly poll of residents' satisfaction.


  • Fast solutions for the economy

    26 September 2012

    Local government has the potential to provide a spark for economic recovery,says Carolyn Downs.


  • The shortage of primary school places

    09 August 2012

    With councils holding a key role in education, a focus on ensuring there are enough places has never been more important,says Carolyn Downs.


  • Local government is ahead of the game

    04 April 2012

    Carolyn Downs looks at the issue of how the government plans to end national pay rates for public sector workers.


  • The Welfare Reform Bill heralds a big change

    23 February 2012

    Carolyn Downs looks at how the Welfare Reform Bill could herald a profound change in the role of local authorities.


  • Looking ahead for 2012

    13 January 2012

    LGA chief executive Carolyn Downs predicts the year for councils.