As the 31st October approaches, councils across the country are preparing for a no-deal Brexit scenario – with very little guidance and minimal resources. As a major import centre for animal feed and pharmaceuticals, Cllr Tudor Evans, Leader of Plymouth City Council, tells us about his concerns for managing increased traffic through the city’s port, […]
And then there were two…. After a dramatic week last week (followed by a tumultuous weekend) we now know which of two men will become Prime Minister at the end of July. This is about as close as things get to certainty in British politics right now, writes Jonathan Carr-West.
One of the features of contemporary politics is the speed with which things move, writes Jonathan Carr West. And amidst all the drama and uncertainty it can be hard to see the wood for the trees. What is signal and what is noise?
On this week’s podcast, we reflect on what messages can be drawn from the surprising outcome of last week’s elections. Is it all about bins not Brexit, or are there more complex layers to these elections? We contemplate the increased Lib Dem and Independent vote, and speak to Cllr Steve Bridger, who was elected on […]
On again, off again - what does the delay (possibly) until Halloween mean for the Brexit fright fest, asks Janet Sillett.
As April gets into full swing we’re just going to take a moment to look back over the past month and round up some of what has been going on at LGiU. A lot of briefings of course; among our members the most widely read included, unsurprisingly, Brexit and the UK Economy but also Veg […]
It’s a bad time to talk about Brexit, but it is also a terrible time not to talk about Brexit, writes Jonathan Carr-West.
The government is being devoured by the Brexit monster. Meanwhile the other priorities - social care, housing, local government funding to name but a few - that a functioning executive should be addressing urgently are untouched and becoming more critical by the day, writes Jonathan Carr-West.
It may have been all but sidelined by central government during the past few years, but, says Janet Sillett, local government will be the one still delivering services and striving to do the best for communities after 29th March.
What does 2019 hold for local government? Is this the year councils finally get the clarity they desperately need on social care and funding? Although Whitehall is distracted by Brexit, there are some glimmers of hope that other policies are still on the agenda – including the NHS 10 year plan and the Waste Strategy. […]