James Maker

James Maker

James Maker is policy manager at CCN
  • Extra funding eases the pain for councils

    05 February 2024

    Whether MPs really would have voted the finance settlement down, we will never know, says James Maker. But the letter from 46 MPs 'was undoubtedly the tipping point in the negotiations'.

  • Time for local and national action on hospital pressures

    20 November 2023

    The County Councils Network's new report with Newton shows the causes of winter pressures are more complex than the prevailing narrative and sets out solutions to make the system work better, says James Maker.

  • Inflation, finance and the future

    30 May 2023

    Inflation may be coming down, but local government will still face some tricky decisions. James Maker explains.

  • Transferring LEP functions to upper tier councils goes with the policy grain

    04 April 2023

    The County Councils’ Network will be engaging Government to ensure the transfer of LEPs is compatible with the wider policy direction that believes local democratic institutions are best placed to lead on the growth agenda, says James Maker.

  • County devolution delivers

    12 December 2022

    With the blueprint in place, devolution is happening, and counties across the country are preparing proposals to help boost growth. James Maker explains

  • Councils need financial support to help residents and businesses through crisis

    06 September 2022

    The County Councils Network, alongside others, will be making the strongest case possible to ensure that local government is adequately funded through what is going to be an extremely difficult period, says James Maker.

  • A year of progress on county devolution

    28 June 2022

    James Maker says that rather than stripping powers from any tier of local government, Clause 16  encourages and enables districts to play a more active and extensive role in devolution proposals.

  • Calculating the cost of care

    25 May 2022

    Local and central government must prepare for the significant workforce challenges that will be presented by adult social care charging reforms. Daniel Sperrin and James Maker explain.

  • A fresh vision

    08 March 2022

    A new report from Newton and the County Councils Network presents a vision for what the future of children’s social care could be and defines an optimised model for delivering it, say Luke Tregidgo and James Maker.

  • Embedding a new approach to devolution is critical to county deals success

    09 December 2021

    A report concludes the White Paper on levelling up must include a devolution framework to build on and embed the Government’s county deals ‘principles,’ says James Maker.

  • There's a lot to play for when it comes to delivering devolution

    10 August 2021

    While Government has provided a strong steer on the basic principles of county devolution deals, it’s now down to local areas to build on this guidance and bring forward proposals in collaboration with partners, argues James Maker.

  • A social care model that’s fit for the future

    09 February 2021

    A new report sets out the key ingredients of a better social care system, using a delivery model that is both optimised and local, say James Maker and Daniel Sperrin.

  • Striking the right balance

    26 June 2019

    The County Councils' Network's journey over the past six years has shown just how crucial striking the right balance is to being an effective special interest group, says James Maker

  • Reforming two-tier arrangements

    08 August 2018

    Reorganisation has proved controversial in many parts of the country. James Maker suggests pooling new and existing powers at the strategic level could offer a more politically attractive devolution agenda in county areas.

  • Building the evidence base for a long-term settlement

    04 July 2018

    James Maker says Northamptonshire CC’s mismanagement of austerity should not prevent us talking about the latter more openly.

  • Reorganisation in counties must be based on evidence

    20 February 2018

    Reorganisation may be part of the future of local government in two–tier counties, but it will only deliver long-term sustainability if it is built around evidence, not short-term fixes, argues James Maker.

  • Counties can impact the next administration's agenda

    14 June 2017

    There is a growing disquiet as to whether business rate retention offers the solutions to local government's funding needs, argues James Maker as he looks ahead to the Queen's Speech.

  • Local elections must springboard the sector to the centre of the national debate

    26 April 2017

    Next week's local elections must be used to propel local government to the centre of the General Election debate, writes James Maker.

  • Gearing up for the rate debate

    08 March 2017

    James Maker outlines the importance of county authorities in achieving a balanced business rate system and looks ahead to the contentious debate about tier-splits.

  • A new future for reorganisation

    16 November 2016

    Sajid Javid's comments have hinted at how the Government will approach local government reform, says James Maker