Dr Jonathan Carr-West

Dr Jonathan Carr-West

Dr Jonathan Carr-West is chief executive of the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU)
  • Let’s talk about homes

    02 November 2020

    Homes provide so much more than shelter, says Dr Jonathan Carr-West. He argues that a different sort of conversation is needed that isn’t just about planning or ‘how many houses you build’.


  • Central government needs to stand back

    30 September 2020

    Dr Jonathan Carr-West asks if anyone has any sense of a sustained strategic focus on tackling the pandemic from government, and he feels only local government can manage the alignment of social, environmental and economic recovery that we need.


  • Trust in the public realm really matters

    21 July 2020

    Trust in public institutions cannot be rebuilt if different levels of government are seeking to divert blame on to each other, says Dr Jonathan Carr-West.


  • Redrawing our future after COVID

    17 June 2020

    What we have learnt from coronavirus is that we need flexibility, adaptability and civic solidarity, says Dr Jonathan Carr-West - and in the next phases of the pandemic the need for relocalisation will become more urgent for at least three reasons.


  • 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’