Why is local government being virtually excluded from the brexit negotiations, wonders Janet Sillett, when it is the perfect opportunity press ahead with meaningful decentralisation of power.
An unusual week in politics last week, writes Janet Sillett, where brexit wasn’t the only story in town – with the budget equalling it in headlines.
Brexit will have numerous consequences for local government, Councillor Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council says that councils must make themselves heard in the negotiations and discusses a recent event aimed at giving voice to North East Councils.
Councils are in policy limbo. With Whitehall and Westminster fully absorbed by the unfolding drama of Brexit, and local government policy narrowed to dealing with the consequences of the Grenfell tragedy, little bandwidth remains for addressing more strategic issues. The LGiU is launching a series of essays, in which we will explore the main challenges facing local authorities and identify some solutions for moving forward.
Where is the voice of local government in the Brexit debate? Asks Janet Sillett. You’d have to look pretty hard to find it.
It will be tricky, but the incoming mayors need to make sure their voices are heard loud and clear as the brexit negotiations proceed, advises Janet Sillett.
The special focus of the current edition of c'llr magazine is'Big ideas'. This post from Anthony Zacharzewski, on the pivotal role of local government in rejuvenating democracy, first appeared as part of that feature.
In a post-Brexit world sub-national government will be key to economic growth, rebuilding social cohesion and reconnecting people with democratic institutions, writes Janet Sillett. Local government must make that clear to Westminster and Westminster must listen.
And what can local government do about it? Post Brexit, post Trump is politics broken? For politics as we know it, the short answer is yes, politics is broken. I believe in democracy, but I am not foolish enough to believe that it always delivers the right outcome or even that it delivers the least […]
LGiU at the Conservative Party Conference: Who governs? Bridging the gap between localism and parliamentary sovereignty
LGiU held fringe meetings at the Labour and Conservative Party conferences. In both cases the event was entitled ‘Who governs? Bridging the gap between localism and parliamentary sovereignty’. Roshni Mistry reports from the Conservative conference event.