Category Archives: Localism

Scrap the Audit Commission

The Audit Commission has made it onto the front page of the Sunday Times this morning. The commission is not the most exciting bit of government but superficially at least they look like an important bit. They started off as … Continue reading

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Remote councils

Writing about the centralisation of local government in Britain today on the ConservativeHome website (follow link), Nick Cuff, a Wandsworth councillor, has some good points to make including an interesting table that shows just how out of step we are … Continue reading

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More power for councils

Today the Local Government Association published its document Closer to People and Places. The LGA, a mouthpiece for local authorities, is adding its voice to the Lyons Inquiry (see previous posting), the Conservatives and LibDems who are all calling for … Continue reading

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Same old boring, ineffective, expensive councils

On Monday of this week the Lyons Inquiry into local government funding, which is also addressing the function of local government and its future role, published an interim report on the second part of its brief which was added in … Continue reading

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Antidote to the BNP – more power for local councils

Danny Kruger writes very well in the Telegraph today explaining that local elections will remain fertile ground for the likes of the BNP as long as local government has so little power to change things.

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Councils’ priorities, not ours

In the run up to the end of their financial year councils will be making some hard decisions about budgets for next year. An article in today’s Telegraph highlights an area that many councils do not prioritise – libraries. 50 … Continue reading

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New localism

The Telegraph today finished its four-part series covering the new localism proposed by a group of Conservative MPs, MEPs, candidates and activists in a book called Direct Democracy: An Agenda for a New Model Party. A really challenging set of … Continue reading

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