Don't lose localism in the race for reorganisation
The game of political football played out in Yorkshire devolution now includes reorganisation. But we must not be allowed to loose the localism, says Paul Shevlin
This emergency funding will only plug the gap for a short time
It’s crucial the Government continues to recognise the role of local government during and after this crisis, 'and ensures that we have the funding we need', says Paul Shevlin.
District councils play a major role in health and well-being.
If we can keep our most vulnerable residents safe, well and happy in their own homes, this will prevent future health crises that could cost the public purse far more, says Paul Shevlin.
We can't tackle climate change alone
This summer, councillors in Craven voted unanimously to declare a climate emergency – joining a couple of hundred other local authorities across the country.
Driving ahead with digitisation
A digital transformation programme has led to identified savings of more than £580,000 over 10 years at Craven DC, says Paul Shevlin.
Tackle the producers of plastics first
The Government is consulting on consistency in household and business waste recycling collections. But Paul Shevlin asks if the numbers stack up, in resource and environmental terms.
A ceremony to celebrate and connect
Craven DC's Community Champions awards ceremony not only celebrates the work of individual volunteers but it brings people together to uncover more support, says Paul Shevlin.
Rural councils should get the chance to influence voter ID rollout
Voter ID pilots due to take place across 11 councils this year including Craven DC will help provide an insight into the best way to ensure the integrity of the voting process in the future, says Paul Shevlin
Ending the cycle of homelessness
Chief executive of Craven DC, Paul Shevlin, says councils need more funding and affordable housing to end the cycle of homelessness.
'LEP review must not erode democratic accountability'
The Government’s review of LEPs is currently being rushed through, with a number of consequences for local authorities across the country.
District councils are at the forefront of public protection
Paul Shevlin discusses Craven DC's revised taxi licensing policy, which has prevention at its heart.
The value of parks and green spaces
While many local authorities are considering selling off parks and green spaces to balance their budgets, Paul Shevlin explains why Craven DC is doing the opposite.
A boost to culture is a boost to the economy
Craven DC has used funding from Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery fund to boost culture - and therefore the local economy - in the district.
Government must work with us to streamline the local plan process
Here at Craven DC we received the best possible Christmas present in 2017 – we finally published our draft local plan, core strategy and site allocation in one fell swoop. It’s been a long road to reach this stage and it’s not over yet. We’re now going through a six-week period of inviting formal representations before we can submit it.
The solution to defeating terrorism lies within our communities
We must work together to stamp out extremism and battle against fear and hatred, writes Paul Shevlin.