Category - local government

  • 1 Jan 2014

    At this time of the year, I am accustomed to being asked to contribute to a 'look back' over the year just closed. This year, I'd rather look at a jumping-off point for the year we have just entered.

  • 13 Aug 2013

    Research from the Local Government Association (LGA) in England has highlighted the true destruction and dislocation caused by UK welfare cuts.

  • 30 Oct 2012

    The government has announced that 20 cities will be given greater control over spending on planning and transport. Some NGOs want to go much further.

  • 17 May 2012

    In the wake of the 2012 local elections and other recent developments, we can see that local democracy in England is in a perilous state. Voter apathy shows that. Simon Barrow looks at the issue in its wider context, and suggests that deep change is required that goes well beyond single-fix 'solutions'.

  • 17 May 2012

    Personality politics, half-baked solutions and populist pretensions by tired political fixers are being used to disguise real, significant problems with local government, says Graeme Smith. He hopes that the shallow rhetoric of ‘people know best’ can suffer a similar fate to that of elected mayors, in favour of renewed democracy and a decent appreciation of expert knowledge in its proper place.

  • 11 Apr 2012

    Plaid Cymru are launching their local election campaign with a focus on preserving local services and jobs in the face of cuts from central government.

  • 18 Feb 2012

    Two Labour council leaders are supporting calls from the Green Party for the government to “come clean” on their future proposals for local government finance.

  • 30 Jun 2011

    Local government councillors are worried they will be unable to cope with the strain on public services caused by cuts to housing benefit.

  • 8 Jun 2011

    The Green Party has welcomed a new report as evidence that they are doing more than other parties to secure equal representation for women.

  • 10 May 2011

    Sharing ideas at a local, regional and national level, and discussing how to respond to the threat of cuts, will not always be easy, says Savi Hensman. But it is vital if those who are poorest and most vulnerable are to be protected and a government-led agenda based on false premises appropriately resisted.