My views seem to resonate to some degree with Sir Stephen Bubb, no less, who is a tad more direct in his view of our sector being “screwed over”. I however am a great believer in a continuing link between public service delivery and local authorities.
September 2011 - NewStart
I have long been a believer that you first of all need to decide what you want as a local authority and then create the tools to achieve it. I also believe that too often we sit around waiting for central government to approve what we wish to achieve.
Restructuring is occurring at the local level and decisions made in the coming years will determine whether communities and local economies sink or swim.
With public services being increasingly marketised, a group of local authorities is looking to the co-op model to ensure the interests of local people are protected. Clare Goff reports
Each year staff at the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) nominate projects and initiatives that have achieved positive local change. Clare Goff takes a look at the three winners.
Becoming more commercial, taking some modest risks and worrying a little less about the rulebook is the only way most will stay afloat.
Something needs to be done to address the current imbalance in favour of economic development over other needs. If not the true future costs are likely to greatly outweigh the short-term benefits as we are forced to meet the costs of growing inequality and environmental degradation.
Some communities may simply not have the ambition or resources to enable them to take advantage of neighbourhood planning, leaving them at the mercy of (and in the absence of a neighbourhood plan ‘in agreement with’) potentially unsuitable development because of the NPPF.
The phrase Big Society is banned and you’ll find little kowtowing to the government’s agenda. But Knowsley is still taking a pragmatic approach to cutbacks, discovers Austin Macauley
I think we should be worrying our little heads a great deal over the potential effects of the proposed reforms to voter registration and constituency boundary changes.