The future of local government will depend on whether May opts for cautious pragmatism or visionary radicalism. So far there are hints of each.
Posts Tagged: Localism
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.
The opportunity is there but the red tape will not all be scrapped automatically.
Simon Parker: Brexit wasn’t just about control. It was about people being left behind by the London elite
The focus on leaving the EU needs to be balanced by a powerful new Department for Growth, with a mandate to devolve power and drive up regional prosperity.
Poor areas need not lose out – they have an opportunity to embrace enterprise.
EU funding for community projects is often ineffective and inefficient.
Environmentalism works best at local level. Central planning is the past.
Neil Clarke: District councils working together as clusters can provide a better way than more unitaries
Innovation shows we can operate efficiently and remain close to the community.
All prison and probation services should be fully devolved to Police and Crime Commissioners.
While most eyes are on Labour’s ideological battles or Tory referendum struggles, devolution is changing the nature of government and politics.
What is needed is smarter budgeting – that uses evidence on what works to establish quantifiable future savings.