Local democracy

  • A letter to the new PM

    11 June 2024

    Steve Leach and Colin Copus write to the next Prime Minister with ideas for strengthening local government, including offering councils complete freedom to agree council tax levels.

  • Welsh editors in warning over council tax notice law

    11 June 2024

    Editors in Wales have issued a warning over the Welsh Government’s plans to stop council tax notices being published in local newspapers. 

  • Stronger Things: Chief champions need to 'renew democracy'

    04 June 2024

    Councils can ‘renew democracy from the grassroots up,’ a borough chief has claimed in a plea for local authorities to become more community-led.

  • Fortifying local democracy

    03 June 2024

    A new report points towards a failure from the perspective of councillors of devolution and localism deals and concern over a sidelining of members, says Mo Baines.

  • Building participation that promotes community cohesion

    29 May 2024

    Carly Walker-Dawson looks at the actions UK local and regional governments can take to promote community cohesion alongside partners at place level.

  • Feel the power

    28 May 2024

    Georgia Gould explains what Camden LBC is doing to harness and enhance the passion of people in a bid to renew our communities and our country.

  • Lib Dems hit back at ex-minister Redwood

    20 May 2024

    Wokingham BC’s ruling Lib Dems have hit back at former local government minister Sir John Redwood after he chastised the council for wasting ‘huge sums’.

  • New extremes

    13 May 2024

    Mike Bennett reflects on Solace’s response to the 2006 challenge posed by the election of extreme right wing candidates to English councils.

  • Keeping local government relevant and meaningful

    07 May 2024

    Following the pandemic and the cost of living crisis, we need to recognise that social capital may be just as tired as some staff in local government, says Kathy O'Leary.

  • Where’s the trust?

    07 May 2024

    LGIU research sheds light on the ever greater decline of public trust in government. Dr Jonathan Carr-West looks at the possible solution.

  • Tread carefully when talking to members 

    03 May 2024

    Passion and professional values have their place but they need to be shaped to take account of the political environment, says Blair Mcpherson. 

  • Can mayoral polls help Tories buck their losing trend?

    03 May 2024

    Jonathan Werran picks out the highlights from the local and mayoral poll results so far, and he argues the case for a more stable set of electoral cycles.

  • UPDATED: Tories hold Tees Valley despite heavy losses

    03 May 2024

    Ben Houchen retaining the Tees Valley mayoralty for the Conservatives proved to be the party's only glimmer of hope among a bleak set of local election results.

  • Vote warning

    01 May 2024

    Elections officers have warned of the impact of changes to postal vote rules as polls open across England and Wales today.

  • The quest for community harmony

    08 April 2024

    A Government-commissioned review has spelt out the difficulties councils face when trying to protect social cohesion. Martin Ford reports.

  • Observations on Japan’s strong local leader model

    26 March 2024

    Reflecting on his Japanese Study Tour, Sam Cunningham says it is imperative to seek inspiration and insights beyond borders amid the challenges facing councils.

  • Wanted: fiscal reform not fiscal frustration

    20 March 2024

    'To bemoan any Government’s inability to take difficult political decisions when it has been in power for 14 years is to wriggle out of collective responsibility', says Heather Jameson.

  • Councillors back Greater Lincolnshire devolution deal

    15 March 2024

    Proposals for a mayoral devolution deal for Greater Lincolnshire have been approved by the three upper-tier councils.

  • Budget: Trailblazer devo deal for North East

    06 March 2024

    The North East has secured a trailblazer devolution deal that could provide a package of new funding potentially worth more than £100m, chancellor Jeremy Hunt has announced in his Budget.

  • T’is the season!

    20 February 2024

    The possibility of a UK Parliamentary General Election on 2 May combined with local polls is the plan causing most concern in the electoral sector, says Peter Stanyon.