Sector leaders need to encourage innovation from the bottom and middle-up as well as the top down and create the sort of culture where innovation and creative thinking flourish.
A couple of weekends ago I took my family to the local cinema in St Albans to see The Theory of Everything. Like others, we found it moving and uplifting. I couldn’t help but reflect how useful this theory would be in the cut and thrust of local government. But underneath that normal Sunday afternoon […]
There must be support and encouragement for the development of best practice amongst those major conurbations and shire counties who are ready and able to deliver significant economic growth if given the freedoms to do so.
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.