As the council taxpayer’s friend he transformed municipal culture.
Posts Tagged: Localism
Yet London where this is most needed is falling behind.
The Government must give new powers to local leaders to help England’s small town and cities help themselves.
The art treasures must be put on display.
John O’Connell: Social care needs more money – but higher Council Tax is not the right way to deliver it
The local government system is not fit for purpose. Simply demanding more cash from overburdened taxpayers is no solution.
After 40 years we in Royal Sutton Coldfield have got our town council back and with it our civic pride.
They cannot stop development but they can shape it and help deliver more homes as well as infrastructure.
Wales has shown Labour failure and a lack of true accountability.
Local Enterprise Partnerships have shown how business can prompt local authorities to speed up decision making.
The future of local government will depend on whether May opts for cautious pragmatism or visionary radicalism. So far there are hints of each.
Localism means truly integrating health with social care services.
There is nothing wrong in ambitions being modest – as long as they are deliverable.
Neighbourhood plans provide over ten per cent more homes than local plans.
Councils need a voice in the Brexit negotiations, more devolution deals and full retention of Business Rates.
You can only come back in politics if you have first left. And it’s better to take the decision yourself rather than have it forced on you.