Sceptics are out in force but handing local authorities more powers won’t destroy local services – in fact, the plans are not ambitious enough. What single policy will simultaneously bankrupt northern city governments, destroy the NHS and privatise whatever is left of local public services? If you believe a slew of recent articles, this legislative […]
Devolution without democracy ought to be an oxymoron. Yet in the rush to prise powers out of central government, there is a real danger that the public is being left out.
The oft-quoted Marmot review stated that 80% of causes of ill health are due to factors other than access to healthcare. These broader determinants of health include income and social status, social support networks, education, physical environment, genetics and gender. The majority of these can lead to preventable demand on healthcare services and, crucially, are […]
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.