The relationship between local government and schools has been under intense scrutiny in recent months, with questions raised about the increasing independence of schools from local authorities and the extent to which schools should be subject to council oversight.
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.
Public services need to change. 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.
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.
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 service reform.
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 […]