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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.


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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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George Osborne presenting the budget, autumn statement

Big-hitting Budget adds urgency to devolution plans

July 9, 2015 by Jonathan Carr-West

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.


Putting devolution on the map

June 8, 2015 by Jonathan Carr-West

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.


The Queen’s Speech

May 27, 2015 by Jonathan Carr-West

Jonathan Carr-West comments on the devolution announcements made in the Queen's Speech.

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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.

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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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