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…
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.
That's the question that Jonathan Carr-West reflects on as he looks back over party conference season.
Jonathan Carr-West wonders about the seemingly paradoxical role for councillors of representing their electorate and answering to their party.
Over the course of the summer some seemingly unrelated strands of activity have all made me think about language, writes Jonathan Carr-West; the ways we use it and the ways it uses us.
Jonathan Carr-West found hearing about the challenges and development of local government from various parts of the Commonwealth a strangely familiar experience.
The need for local government’s strategic leadership role is more crucial than ever if we are to move to the “lower tax, higher wage, lower welfare” society the government aspires to.
Everyone's talking about devolution these days. But while there's growing consensus around the principle, there's far less clarity about how it is to be achieved.
Jonathan Carr-West comments on the devolution announcements made in the Queen's Speech.
The General Election result will have been a lot less surprising to anyone who’s been following local government elections over the last couple of years.