2019 was supposed to be the year that we start to get some visibility on the way forward on some of our most intractable challenges but is that likely in a year that already looks to be consumed by Brexit, asks Jonathan Carr-West.
Notwestminster, the annual event for local democracy enthusiasts, experiences its fifth regeneration, “Citizens Assemble”, on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th February 2019, writes Spencer Wilson.
Does it matter if local government fails? Well obviously at LGiU we think it does, writes Jonathan Carr-West. But, why?
Pleasantly surprising or deeply disappointing? Cause for optimism or despair? Welcome extra cash or hush money? Listen to Jennifer and Jonathan lay out their very different views on the Chancellor’s Budget announcements this week – from potholes to social care, high street regeneration to business rate reliefs. We also bring you highlights from our member-only […]
Norway’s September 2017 election also saw Save the Children Norway design a children’s election. The aim was to reach 5,000 children aged between nine and 15 years. Yet in the end, over 60,000 youngsters participated in the election, writes Julia Zvobgo.
With limited fanfare, DCMS today launched the government’s latest civil society strategy proudly described as the first new such strategy in 15 years. Key features include a £165 million fund to support community organisations, a new Innovation in Democracy programme to pilot participatory democracy techniques such as citizens’ juries, more emphasis on public sector mutuals, […]
The story that has emerged over the last week or so that we may have to begin stockpiling food, medicines and other essentials in readiness for a no-deal Brexit is disturbing to say the least. It reveals something of the shock we can expect next April without adequate planning and without the complex infrastructure required […]
Things lurch from bad to worse in Northamptonshire. Following the issue of a second section 114 notice and a scathing letter to councillors from the Finance Director condemning years of financial mismanagement that have left the council on the brink of collapse and needing to find another £60 – 70 million saving this year. The […]
On Monday 16th July, the Local Government APPG hosted their annual summer reception to celebrate the good work of local government and the APPG's role in facilitating local and central government to meet and challenge each other on specific policy issues.
This week we report on Basildon’s place-shaping work, Kingston’s women-led administration and our APPG meeting on homelessness with Nigel Adams MP. Plus the regular roundup of Daily News and LGiU briefings, including business rate reform (or lack thereof), the Letwin review on housebuilding and brown bears in Gloucestershire. Hosted by Ingrid Koehler and Jonathan Carr-West. Listen […]