We need to ensure we are attracting those who can deliver effective and efficient services to our local communities.
Bill Bowkett: The pandemic has shown the value of localism. But the Government seems to be ignoring this lesson.
A hyper-localised approach means decisive action with local residents and businesses in mind.
Harry Fone: £255 million a year is spent on councillor allowances. That is where the economy drive should begin.
Plus: White elephants in Brighton – and Nottingham’s inept venture into the energy market.
The town has been effectively excluded from power and from the growth it underpins.
There is real anger in Stratford-upon-Avon as the number of empty shops continues to grow.
Duncan McGinty: A remote single council for Somerset would be unpopular and mean missed opportunities
The economies of Glastonbury, Wells, and Yeovil are very different to Minehead, Bridgwater, and Taunton.
Judy Terry: The demands to make car travel more expensive ignore the political and economic realities
Will council employees have their already generous mileage allowances raised to cover the extra costs?
John Bald: The use of provocative language to stimulate thinking is a teaching style that has become unfashionable
The headmaster of Eton has used the Equality Act to justify suppressing free speech at the school. That he stays in post is Eton’s loss.
Identifying heart-warming human interest stories boosts our councillors’ name recognition.
A single unitary model has worked well in those areas that have adopted it in recent years, including Dorset, Wiltshire, and Buckinghamshire.
Harry Fone: Bristol is consulting on a Council Tax rise. But will it take any notice of the response?
Plus: Stoke cuts bloated management. Would Thatcher have approved of £100,000 of public funds for her statue?
Mark Shelford: Independent Police and Crime Commissioners are less accountable than party politicians
Their appeasement of unlawful protestors has gone unchallenged. A democratic party structure delivers checks and balances.
Through partnership working, we can be more agile in meeting the infrastructure needs of the regions we represent.
If health and social care services can be brought together in Wigan, why not in Brighton and Hove?
Allowing us to have a say at the outset would be in the interests of developers and the local community.