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Budget 2017: Some answers more questions

March 9, 2017 by Jonathan Carr-West

The Chancellor must hand the social care purse strings over to local government if he wants the new money to have the right impact. Jonathan Carr-West looks at a budget that delivered no great shocks and still leaves many unanswered questions for councils.

All bets are off

January 6, 2017 by Jonathan Carr-West

It’s traditional to kick off the New Year with a ‘predictions for the year ahead’ article, writes Jonathan Carr-West. This year these have largely been replaced with articles about uncertainty and the impossibility of making predictions.

The Conservatives have gone walkabout on devolution

October 3, 2016 by Jonathan Carr-West

What to expect from Conservative conference? There’s a growing sense that the time has come for the Government to say something, anything, about how it sees the future. The Prime Minister will surely want to say more than just that “Brexit means Brexit” if she is to reassure the country…

Labour’s candidate for Manchester Mayor is…

August 10, 2016 by Jonathan Carr-West

Andy Burnham was yesterday selected as Labour candidate for Mayor of Greater Manchester. Given GM’s voting record that means that barring something extraordinary happening he will become mayor next May. Though based on the last year in British politics generally and the Labour Party specifically, you’ve got to be pretty…

State of the race memo

May 3, 2016 by Jonathan Carr-West

As we enter the final stretch before voters head to the polls on May 5th, LGiU chief executive Jonathan Carr-West brings you a state of the race memo examining the key issues facing the electorate.

A new road to local?

December 14, 2015 by Jonathan Carr-West

The spending review was not just about public finances. It was an opportunity for George Osborne to set out his vision for the state over the rest of the decade: a decade by the end of which he hopes to be leading the Conservative party into the next election, writes…


November 16, 2015 by Jonathan Carr-West

In June LGiU spent the week in Paris: we took part in a conference as part of our RAINGAIN project, we held some meetings and we ran an event comparing the debate around devolution and local democracy on both sides of the Channel, writes LGiU Chief Executive Jonathan Carr-West.

Squaring the circle

October 8, 2015 by Jonathan Carr-West

Jonathan Carr-West wonders about the seemingly paradoxical role for councillors of representing their electorate and answering to their party.

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