The unusual suspects
You may have heard of The Usual Suspects, the 1995 Hollywood blockbuster.
No flower power here
Unlikely as it may be, St Blaise Town Council has found itself at the centre of a media storm.
A way of doing politics differently
Can we do politics in new ways that engage people rather than being alienating, adversarial and fraught? Ann McGauran listened to the views of a Stronger Things panel.
Jackie Weaver did not have the ‘authority’ to mute and eject councillors
Jackie Weaver did not have the ‘authority’ to mute and eject councillors from the online parish council meeting that went viral, an investigation has concluded.
District warning over parish push
Making it easier to establish town and parish councils could be a ‘recipe for confusion, higher costs and slowing down the transformation of public services,’ the District Councils’ Network (DCN) has warned.
A good shout
In one of the least convincing rebrands of the last few years, notorious Handforth Parish Council has been rebranded as (*checks notes*) Handforth Town Council.
Jackie weaves her magic
It seems everyone has a podcast these days.
Parishes issue vote of no confidence in Hartlepool
Four parish councils have asked to leave Hartlepool BC following ‘several years of increasing frustration’.
The case for virtual meetings
Jackie Weaver – star of Handforth Parish Council’s viral meeting – argues the case for stepping out of the dark ages and allowing councils to hold their meetings online.
Making Counties Count: Don’t they Already?
Steve Leach and Colin Copus argue a move to county-based unitaries would ‘draw local government away from recognisable communities and increase the drift to meaningless conglomerates’.
The importance of ‘getting’ all the tiers of the local
A belief that central Government doesn’t ‘get’ councils was a theme at The MJ Future Forum. But Jonathan Flowers argues we need to look at our own localism issues.
The height of cautiousness
With the EU gone, at least the Great British public can rely on health and safety to send the blood pressure through the roof.
Kettering to create town council
A new town council is to be created as part of local government reorganisation in Northamptonshire.
Government to intervene over 5G concerns
Ministers are reportedly set to write to planning authorities urging them not to block the introduction of 5G technology.
Something to chew on
PETA, the animal welfare charity, gave a good lesson in PR campaigning this week when it called on the Dorset village of Wool to change its name, alleging that it represents cruelty to sheep.
Community councils should cover whole of Wales
Community councils should be extended to cover the whole of Wales, a study for the Welsh Assembly has concluded.
Torbay to consult on town council proposals
Members in Torbay have narrowly voted to go ahead with a review that could see new town councils created across the area.
Parish pressure over council tax support
Billing authorities are facing increased Government pressure to hand parish councils cash to fund local council tax support schemes.
A tribute to the unsung heroes of public service
In the shadow of a series of national tragedies and the loss of her father, a town councillor, Sandra Dinneen delivers a heartwarming tribute to those who serve day in and day out within their communities.
Time to connect the disconnected
With a recent focus on the handing of powers to a collection of high profile regional mayors, Sue Baxter urges the next Governement, whichever hue it may be, to push devolution down to the grass roots.