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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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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.

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