We should be asking ourselves what we want from local government in the future, particularly in light of the Covid-19 crisis.
Posts Tagged: District councils
John Fuller: This pandemic has shown that bigger local government does not mean better local government
While national command and control sometimes stumbled, our district councils ensured that we could keep calm and carry on.
Local identities matter. Rather than abolishing small local authorities, more power should be handed down to them.
People feel very passionate about their towns. They do not get so excited about their County.
Part two of our weekly series on the local election, focusing on the district council contests.
Local elections 2020: Holding the mayoralties in the Tees Valley and the West Midlands will be key Conservative challenges
But Labour will be under most pressure. They will be defending seats in areas where they performed very poorly in the General Election.
A more collaborative approach with the districts over planning approval could avoid unnecessary complexity and delay.
We need to take a dynamic new approach to our High Streets with ambitious thinking. The future is not just retail.
Sitting councillors and aspirant candidates alike have been irritated and offended by the new process.
We should look to Asia for a practical and cost-effective way to give rough sleepers a permanent address and bed for the night.
At PMQs, the Prime Minister pointed to a street on the border of Lambeth and Wandsworth, where the Labour-run side pays far higher council tax.
A switch to unitary authorities would save money and avoid confusion over the responsibility for different services.
It’s in the district council elections that the Conservatives are strongest – and so have the most to lose
The final part of our series this week on May’s elections. Will there be a LibDem revival – which polls have yet to indicate?
The NHS desperately needs a regulatory environment which will force it to think more entrepreneurially and collaboratively.
Brexit shows that we ignore local identity and what matters most to local communities at our peril.