The relocation of a National Express bus depot for the Commonwealth Games athlete’s village will cost £15.5m – eight times more than budgeted.
Posts Tagged: Local democracy
We have reduced the number of councillors by 30 per cent and we froze allowances for nine years running.
Instead of seeing local councillors as a potential saving, maybe we should see them as an asset.
In several London boroughs, the number is due to rise. That will be costly and damaging to local democracy.
Gareth Lyon: The opposition is trying to shift the focus from their local mismanagement to national decision-making
After having knocked on doors in six very different constituencies, across the South East, certain themes stand out. Social Care is one of them.
In Chesterfield, people want to know about tackling potholes, safeguarding social care, and protecting the local High Street and local pubs.
That means protecting the environment, supporting schools, and more police. It means friendly communities with better transport, homes, and high streets.
You wouldn’t go under anaesthetic if the surgeon were doing it as a hobby. There is a reason why a substantial number of MPs start life as councillors.
Shona Haslam: With three weeks to go here in Lanark & Hamilton East, it is only going to get busier, colder…and crazier.
The Scottish Conservatives do need to build up our activist base. The SNP has been effective in building a loud and bold campaigning force.
The current expensive disruptive route, and the neglect of decrepit local transport, are unacceptable.
So much of the role is apolitical. Arts projects for schools. Honouring local heroes. Planting flowers and removing weeds.
Gareth Lyon: By professionalising councillors, we are repeating Parliament’s mistake at a local level
Ever greater state funding is being followed by ever greater statism in political thought – and the decline of independent thought.
Mimi Harker: Councillors can help the Conservative Party adapt to the less deferential age of social media
Politics has changed. Elected members need to champion the community. Being aloof is no longer tolerated.
Tom McLaren: Labour’s Ilford South selection dispute shows the danger of a “strong leader” model for councils
I have seen the lack of accountability in Redbridge. The system needs to change.
Local government is a most effective mechanism to enact positive change. But it is hugely time-consuming and not the right role for all political activists.