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. Living in London as a student has been particularly challenging with rocketing house prices and no real student letting market. Instead students living in London have to […]
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.
Cutting arts and culture budgets might be a tempting quick fix for cash-strapped councils, but slashing spending in these areas could damage an area’s economic and social value, shoring up bigger problems in the long term.
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.