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Radical ideas for a better planning system

June 30, 2015 by LGiU

The planning system is not fit-for-purpose. A group of academics at UCL’s Bartlett School of Planning (BSP) have developed a report outlining its shortcomings and suggesting some radical changes that are necessary. Yvonne Rydin, from the BSP explains.

Walk this way

June 29, 2015 by LGiU

The Ramblers' ambitious new programme aims to record the condition of the network of paths across England and Wales with a view to improving maintenance - and we can all help; Campaigns Officer Victoria Armitage explains how.

Will devolution get more homes built?

June 22, 2015 by LGiU

Housing and planning, and more broadly, new approaches to mediation between conflicting interests, must be an area in which cities contemplating devolution seriously push the envelope, says Majeed Neky.

Select Committees: new chairs, lessons and some thoughts

June 18, 2015 by Janet Sillett

Today, the Speaker, John Bercow, announced the results of the elections for the chairs of the new select committees see here. Janet Sillett adds a few thoughts about what’s good about the committees, what’s not so good, and what’s new. Some of the elections for the chairs were hotly contested…

An enabling bill – but what does that really mean?

June 17, 2015 by Janet Sillett

The Cities and Local Government Bill is an enabling bill par excellence – it sets out the institutional framework within which individual arrangements will be negotiated between the Secretary of State and groups of authorities. It will be enacted partly through secondary legislation – mainly statutory instruments. The provisions are…

A legacy of liberty: 800 years of Magna Carta

June 15, 2015 by Ingrid Koehler

Eight hundred years ago (or forty score if one wants to be poetic), bad King John placed his seal on the Magna Carta. Thus an eclectic group of rights and freedoms – everything from standard measures of ale, to fishing, to widows’ inheritance, were enshrined into the English constitutional memory.…

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.

Too special to fail?

June 4, 2015 by Ingrid Koehler

Most social care is provided by third parties. Sometimes those providers fail. Sometimes they fail because they basically run out of money and sometimes because they’re not providing good enough services. Whatever the cause, when failure is stark and sudden councils can find themselves scrambling to get people new places…

A confusion of Mayors?

June 3, 2015 by Janet Sillett

What’s an appropriate term for a number of mayors? Asks Janet Sillett.

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