Dr Jonathan Carr-West

Dr Jonathan Carr-West

Dr Jonathan Carr-West is chief executive of the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU)
  • Let’s have the humility to learn

    13 May 2020

    We need to learn from this crisis, says Dr Jonathan Carr-West – in terms of both the disease itself and what sort of society we are and want to become.


  • Let’s make the argument now for the world we want to live in

    06 April 2020

    Will the impact of coronavirus mean more state investment or 10 more years of austerity to pay for the Government’s interventions, asks Dr Jonathan Carr-West.


  • Engaging our global family

    04 March 2020

    Local government needs to pool its combined knowledge and learn from the perspective of others - near and far - as Dr Jonathan Carr-West explains.


  • Welcome to the twenties

    28 January 2020

    The new Government is rhetorically placing itself as a radical one that will move fast, says Dr Jonathan Carr-West – but he warns that for local government there is a ‘groundhog day’ element.


  • Places can and do get worse as well as better

    04 December 2019

    Dr Jonathan Carr-West says the story of a city in Columbia can be seen as a warning of what can happen if local government does not have an active leadership role and the resources to act upon it.


  • Civility starts with the civic

    29 October 2019

    Jonathan Carr-West says that in increasingly volatile times, local government can provide the correct foundation for more effective, and civil, political discourse – along with some solutions.


  • Building from the ground up

    24 September 2019

    Dr Jonathan Carr-West says the energy directed at Brexit could have been focused on other things - and councils should have a settlement with their communities so they can build a stronger national constitutional framework from the bottom up.


  • Under pressure

    14 August 2019

    The tragedy of local government is that over a decade of pressure, the urgent has crowded out the important and the big picture has been obscured by the struggle to survive. Dr Jonathan Carr-West asks: how do we move from ‘better’ to ‘different’?


  • Reforming social care is a ‘whole society problem’

    24 July 2019

    Dr Jonathan Carr-West asks if strengths-based approaches to caring for older people could actually obscure the sort of systemic change we need.


  • Ten years of shining a light on the exceptional work of councillors

    09 July 2019

    The Local Government Information Unit’s (LGiU) Cllr Achievement Awards – now in their 10th year – are the only national awards to honour the hard work and dedication of councillors. Dr Jonathan Carr-West, chief executive of the LGiU, tells us more.


  • Rolling out a new institutionalism

    09 July 2019

    Dr Jonathan Carr-West wonders if, alongside new localism, we need a new institutionalism too?


  • The basic laws of political physics

    05 June 2019

    Dr Jonathan Carr-West says pressure provides a burning platform and the political vacuum an opportunity for action. But if the atmosphere remains toxic, we won’t be able to move forward at all


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Squeezed and broken

    19 February 2019

    Dr Jonathan Carr-West urges local government to make a unified case for greater funding, by seizing the moment in the run-up to the Spending Review


  • Be the talk of the town (hall)

    16 January 2019

    The way we talk about councils really matters, says Dr Jonathan Carr-West – and it’s time to speak up for local government and reclaim the powerful origins of the word ‘municipal’


  • The extra-ordinary people doing extraordinary things

    21 November 2018

    The individual councillors celebrated in the LGiU C’llr Achievement Awards are part of the glue that holds civic life together, says Dr Jonathan Carr-West


  • Politics may be coming home

    17 October 2018

    Local government had a ‘pretty good showing’ during the party conferences says Dr Jonathan Carr-West. He hopes it could be the start of a much-needed public debate on the local state


  • Care cash treats the symptoms not the cause of the crisis

    02 October 2018

    Following Matt Hancock's announcement of extra care cash for care, Dr Jonathan Carr-West says the money is not enough to halt the collapse of the system


  • Bridging the Gap

    11 September 2018

    Dr Jonathan Carr-West asks: how do we move from a place of fiscal precariousness to one of stability?