Low Ages, Low Turnouts: Why are younger people not voting? David Creamer, External Affairs Intern, July 17, 2014

Voter turnouts for general elections are particularly low amongst the young adult population, and it should come as no surprise that this also applies to local government elections as well. Attendance at the 2010 general election was just 44% of those aged 18 to 24 and at my local election for Oldham Council was just […]

Low Ages, Low Turnouts: Why are younger people not voting?
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WE NEED A NEW APPROACH TO PUBLIC SERVICES Laura Wilkes, Think Cities, July 10, 2014

Public services need to change. Put simply – we can no longer afford to deliver what we had before. And the drivers for change are not just financial. Rising expectations from the public coupled with changing demographics are leading to rising demand in some areas of council provision. This is putting growing pressure on public […]

WE NEED A NEW APPROACH TO PUBLIC SERVICES
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Strong and Sustainable Communities Laura Wilkes and Simon Parker, Lacuna.org.uk, June 20, 2014

As guardians of place, local authorities have a crucial role – particularly in times of austerity – making very difficult choices about how to ensure citizens and communities have the best lives possible.

Strong and Sustainable Communities
Politics, People and Place Laura Wilkes, Head of Policy and Research, June 13, 2014

Local authorities are in the middle of the biggest transformation of the local state for decades. Councils are starting to reach the limit of back office efficiencies, yet with a reported spending gap of £16.5bn between resources and demand by the end of the decade, many will now be entering a new phase of public […]

Politics, People and Place
Leisure Centres at Cutting Edge of Public Service Reform Simon Parker, The MJ, June 11, 2014

Leisure centres are at the cutting edge of public service reform. That isn’t a phrase you’ll read very often, but think about it for a moment. The cuts are forcing councils to prioritise services aimed at older and younger citizens. This has squeezed the services – like leisure and the arts – that promote quality […]

Leisure Centres at Cutting Edge of Public Service Reform
Working for the common good Simon Parker, Ethos Journal, June 1, 2014

NLGN’s Simon Parker argues that essential changes in social policies must give everybody a stake in the place they live and encourage greater contribution.

Working for the common good
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Why Ukip might not want power, even if it can win it Simon Parker, The Spectator, May 31, 2014

It is ironic that Ukip – a party obsessed with a supranational institution – is mostly likely to gain its first taste of power in local government. Following last week’s elections they have an additional 161 councillors in England with concentrations of numbers in former strongholds of both Labour and the Conservatives. The party’s path […]

Why Ukip might not want power, even if it can win it