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Local Elections: The Results

May 9, 2015 by Jonathan Carr-West

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.

Manchester town hall, devolution

Lessons from the Local

April 1, 2015 by Jonathan Carr-West

Jonathan Carr-West discusses lessons from local government in his article for Compass's report, 'Finding Our Voice: Making the 21st Century State.'

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Osborne shows devolution is work in progress

March 20, 2015 by Jonathan Carr-West

The Budget announcements on greater powers for local authorities demonstrate that the Chancellor and the Treasury are serious about fiscal devolution, writes Jonathan Carr-West in a post that first appeared on Public Finance website.


The Signal and the Noise

March 12, 2015 by Jonathan Carr-West

Child sexual exploitation revelations over the last few weeks have been truly horrific and should give pause to all of us involved in public services.

Funding, housing, houses, building

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The State of Care in Counties Inquiry

March 4, 2015 by Jonathan Carr-West

The County All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) launched its second inquiry report "The State of Care in Counties: The Integration Imperative" this week with support from the LGiU and County Councils Network (CCN). Our full analysis here.


Manchester town hall, devolution

A healthy development in Manchester

February 25, 2015 by Jonathan Carr-West

A more decentralised politics and economy are not just a nice to have alongside core political objectives like growth and public service reform; they are how you achieve those objectives.

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Municipal Futures

May 9, 2014 by Jonathan Carr-West

Upcoming local elections will see new councillors elected, new administrations forming and members taking on new portfolios. They will immediately be immersed into the frantic day to day life of a busy council, but if and when they get a chance to pause and look around them, what is the…

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