When those in power talk of empowerment, do they mean it? Liz Kendall is a fan of ‘empowerment’. Indeed so keen is she to move her party away from its centralising, command and control instincts – or image, at least – that she has co-authored a paper for Progress entitled ‘Let It Go’.
It is to be hoped that in the months to come, more emphasis will be placed both in the media and political discourses on the positive impact that EU initiatives like the ERDF have on people’s lives at the local level. Too often accused of being remote and inefficient, the EU would benefit from being painted in a more honest light for the economic growth it helps bring to English communities.
Councils have very limited powers to raise local taxes and charges, and while they keep a portion of their business rates locally, the bulk of the money goes to Whitehall.
What is clear to us is that while we need to be thinking long term for the authority, our challenge is in the here and now. It could just be that our Pop-up housing plays one small part in meeting the housing challenge that other authorities may wish to follow.
The 2015 election may have proved surprising, but unstable elections are a product of our electoral system and it leads to an unstable democracy.
David Cameron’s new government has the inbox from hell. The prime minister must navigate a series of deeply divisive debates about Britain’s relationship with the EU, dramatically trim the benefits bill and simultaneously cut billions from day-to-day public spending while finding billions more for the NHS. Why, then, is the new government’s first major act […]
This future for transport is not far away. By looking at new ways of planning and delivering transport services, we could see a shift in governance and funding by default as the framework for transport is forced to evolve more quickly to keep up with a new reality.
I understand that politicians have a hard job, and being in the spotlight with 7 million people watching at home must fray the nerves, but all I really want is a little more honesty. Don’t act like you’ve got selective hearing, if you don’t have answers for the questions then say so.