The governance of Britain July 9, 2007

Chris Leslie Westminster and Whitehall World To paraphrase a former Prime Minister, this is not the time for soundbites, but perhaps the hand of history is on our shoulder. Constitutional reform, so long seen as the obsession for ‘hobbyists’ like myself, is suddenly a major political issue and one on which the new Prime Minister […]

Yorkshire’s new friends in the corridors of power? July 9, 2007

Chris Leslie, Director Yorkshire Post We live in interesting times, and this is certainly true for Doncaster MP Caroline Flint who last week was handed the auspicious job of ‘Minister for Yorkshire and the Humber’ by Prime Minister Gordon Brown. A newly created post, our Regional Minister will have wide ranging responsibilities, batting for Yorkshire […]

Councils’ hold the key to integration June 22, 2007

Owen Dallison, Researcher Regeneration and Renewal Immigration can bring economic, social and cultural benefits to the UK, but only if immigrant communities are integrated and welcomed into our cities, towns and villages. Integration into the fabrics of our society – workplaces, pubs, schools, sports groups, festivals, local events – will provide the most likely route […]

A new approach to a new team June 21, 2007

Chris Leslie, Director LGC So how should the local government family greet the new Prime Minister? Setting aside the partisan bouquets and brickbats, it is the newness of the top of Government that will provoke the most interesting challenges. A decade of Blair has led to a degree of familiarity over policy, style, and personalities […]

Options for bus reform June 7, 2007

James MacGregor, Senior Researcher The Transport Times The coming Local Transport Bill could bring a conclusion to the long-running debate about how to provide bus services. Despite the present government’s reforms, the controversial privatisation and deregulation of buses in the 1980s continues to shape the landscape. The effects of this legislation have been mixed. Private […]

Doorstep Democracy June 7, 2007

Chris Leslie, Director Progress Magazine Despite the media’s coverage, local factors played heavily in May’s elections, finds Chris Leslie It is the worry of local councillors throughout the ages: for all their efforts, carefully implemented council policies, casework, surgeries and doorstep campaigning, do the voters take a blind bit of notice when matched with the […]

Gordon Brown and Local Government June 1, 2007

Dick Sorabji, Deputy Director Public Finance Gordon Brown says that his Premiership “starts with governing in a different way”. That offers hope for those in local government, but it is blunted by the current fashion for psycho-analysing the next Prime Minister. We cannot not know what is in Gordon Brown’s mind, but we can see […]

Where next for Lyons? April 19, 2007

Chris Leslie, Director LGC The so-called ‘purdah’ period before the local elections began so soon after the Chancellor’s Budget that little further Ministerial comment has emerged on the next steps following the Lyons’ report. Sir Michael concluded in two halves – a short term push for council tax reform which was not accepted, coupled with […]