Devolving power to the people shouldn’t just be a sound-bite when it could be a reality, if the major political parties quit squabbling and started talking.
Any debate about localism and greater local determination must take account of, and aim to reform, how local government is funded. Our existing system is broken, and while successive governments have preached the importance of devolving powers to local government, none have had the courage to do anything but tinker around the edges of a […]
The ‘expert’ isn’t one individual or organisation but the range of people and agencies that a young person themselves interacts with. Mental health professionals, social workers, clinical psychologists, teachers, parents and peers should all be part of a support pathway for young people.
By being both commercially and socially conscious when managing their assets, local governments have an opportunity to address some of their greatest challenges and truly embrace their role as place shapers. But they must use intelligence wisely in order to do this.
People don’t think of themselves as living in local authority areas, but neighbourhoods. It is at this level that citizens first start to identify with and interact with their local state. This is the vital role that parishes play in being the first – and most local – point of call.
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.
Councils have come a long way in changing how they think about their places and the services they offer their citizens. Many are looking at new approaches to place, based not on outputs, nor on how they run individual services, but on the impact they can have on the people who live in their districts. […]
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.