Voter turnouts for general elections are particularly low amongst the young adult population, and it should come as no surprise that this also applies to local government elections as well. Attendance at the 2010 general election was just 44% of those aged 18 to 24 and at my local election for Oldham Council was just […]
Public services need to change. Put simply – we can no longer afford to deliver what we had before. And the drivers for change are not just financial. Rising expectations from the public coupled with changing demographics are leading to rising demand in some areas of council provision. This is putting growing pressure on public […]
As guardians of place, local authorities have a crucial role – particularly in times of austerity – making very difficult choices about how to ensure citizens and communities have the best lives possible.
Local authorities are in the middle of the biggest transformation of the local state for decades. Councils are starting to reach the limit of back office efficiencies, yet with a reported spending gap of £16.5bn between resources and demand by the end of the decade, many will now be entering a new phase of public […]
Leisure centres are at the cutting edge of public service reform. That isn’t a phrase you’ll read very often, but think about it for a moment. The cuts are forcing councils to prioritise services aimed at older and younger citizens. This has squeezed the services – like leisure and the arts – that promote quality […]
NLGN’s Simon Parker argues that essential changes in social policies must give everybody a stake in the place they live and encourage greater contribution.
It is ironic that Ukip – a party obsessed with a supranational institution – is mostly likely to gain its first taste of power in local government. Following last week’s elections they have an additional 161 councillors in England with concentrations of numbers in former strongholds of both Labour and the Conservatives. The party’s path […]
With economic recovery on the horizon, local government is taking stock, thinking about how to move forward and how to strengthen themselves for the future. It is therefore a good time to consider the ever complex relationship between local councils and the voluntary sector.