Be careful what you say about older people. The people we call ‘bedblockers’ and ‘frequent flyers’ today are actually a message from our own futures. One day you might be stuck in a hospital bed you’d much rather leave, wishing that younger people and policy makers could be a little more sensitive to your predicament. […]
Recommendations from an expert panel on how to overcome barriers to service integration could represent a giant leap forward if councils can help prove that reforms can lead to savings.
The truth is that local government is already restructuring. Many districts and some counties are integrating and sharing their services, while combined authorities and increasing integration of health and care will demand new approaches to governance and sovereignty.
The West Lothian question does need addressing, but this can only be done in the context of a wide-ranging consideration of the future governance of the UK and England in particular. This can’t and shouldn’t be attempted on the same timescale as further Scottish devolution.
The implications for all of the UK of the Scottish Referendum are profound. Both for all four nations and within them, the referendum has significantly changed the balance of the debate about governance at all levels.
The patient may not have fully recovered, but most regions are long out of the emergency room. The recession has left us with a new urban infrastructure for growth in the form of combined authorities and LEPs, and a new mechanism for local and central government to collaborate on prosperity.
Mould, damp and rodents are the grim reality facing thousands of students in the UK along with sky-high letting fees, unresponsive landlords and various health and safety hazards.
Local government has been the unsung hero of arts and culture funding for many decades and over recent years, many local authorities have invested in the sector with considerable success.