There are three main factors at work – genetics, plus cultural and social factors. And it’s not possible at present to disentangle the mix.
In several London boroughs, the number is due to rise. That will be costly and damaging to local democracy.
Our survey identified 15,875 of them. Many of these could be redeveloped to provide new homes.
Smaller electoral areas with just one councillor each would make for less confusion, more accountability – and fewer one party states.
The high Council Tax taper in Lambeth, Brent, Harrow, and Waltham Forest means less incentive to come off benefits and into work.
Developers must hand over the payments agreed – and councils need to put more thought into spending it effectively.
We have a duty to honour the inter-generational contract articulated by Edmund Burke.
If everyone had the opportunity to attend a private school then, by definition, they couldn’t be elite.
Pupils enter the dining hall smiling and loudly reciting Shelley’s Ozymandias.
We should have fewer councillors – but they should be full time.
Our fully costed alternative budget for Brent offered an extra £2.8 million for adult social care – more than provided by the precept.
Councils which fail to demonstrate a growth in business rates income will be punished by the electorate.
Boosting small firms offers an opportunity for poorer boroughs.
The council leader makes Brent sound the most depressing place on earth to live.
The local Tory leader says that the police are turning a blind eye to the flouting of electoral law, public subsidies for mosques, and expressions of support for Hitler.