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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.

piles of coins, money, finance

View of spiral stairs from above

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…

Balloons in a row against sky

Local elections 2014: The 5 key questions

May 1, 2014 by Jonathan Carr-West

With local elections almost upon us it’s hard not to be drawn into speculation about the results. Rather than offering predictive hostages to fortune, however, we think it’s more helpful to try and draw out some of the key questions into which these elections might give us insight   1)…

Abstract synapses, body, health, mind

Synaptic public services

March 26, 2014 by Jonathan Carr-West

What's next for localism? Jonathan Carr-West spells out a vision for synaptic public services, where councils shift from doing things to making things happen.

Jigsaw, puzzle

Connected Localism

June 19, 2013 by Jonathan Carr-West

Connected Localism, a new collection of essays published by LGiU today argues for radical public service transformation through networks of local innovation.


Localism at Risk: one year on, is the NPPF delivering planning for people?

March 27, 2013 by Jonathan Carr-West

Our identification with place is a fundamental part of our humanity.  We all care deeply about the places that we live and work in.  But we also want different things from them.  On the one hand we want them to develop them, to build new homes, to build new businesses,…


Fat is a local government issue

January 4, 2013 by Jonathan Carr-West

Yesterday, the LGiU published a report on public health with Westminster City Council. Of all the recommendations in the report, which ranged from improving the supply of fresh fruit and veg to promoting use of public transport, the one that grabbed the headlines was our suggestion that local authorities could…


What did the party conference season tell us about local government?

October 18, 2012 by Jonathan Carr-West

This article was first published by the Guardian Local Government Network. It’s a distinct moment in the political calendar. As summer holidays become a distant memory and the weather takes an autumnal turn, thousands of activists break out their lanyards and head for the seaside – or Manchester and Birmingham…

The neglected drama of the social care crisis

April 26, 2012 by Jonathan Carr-West

This article was first published by Total Politics. This week a group of parliamentarians from both Houses and all parties met under the auspices of the all-party parliamentary group for local government to continue their inquiry into adult social care. This may seem inconsequential in the week of double dip and…

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