Pandemic’s route to devolution
We must use what has been learned from COVID-19 to agree a new relationship with Government, based on a shared commitment to devolution, argues Anthony May.
There's no justification for the 'patchwork quilt' of councils
For better or for worse, the Devolution and Local Recovery White Paper should be a long overdue catalyst for change, and an opportunity to shift power and resources nearer to communities, says Anthony May.
Funding the long road to recovery
The County Councils Network has set the 'income guarantee' that is crucially needed to address lost income streams at £5bn initially, says Anthony May - but the additional costs of coronavirus will still pose a medium-term challenge, too.
At times like this local government comes into its own
Anthony May looks at how local government has ‘pivoted to this new normal, perhaps faster than anyone could imagine’ – but many unresolved issues remain.
The pressure is building to talk less about climate change and do more
The incentives to act on tackling climate change are clear and present, but none of us has all the answers, says Anthony May. Learning together as a community of local authorities will enable better, more consistent and coherent plans, he adds.
Let's ensure the sector gets heard above the post-election hubbub
To get its voice heard by an incoming government, the sector should unite around the main themes - including funding, national policies for both adults and children's services, place-making, infrastructure and more, says Anthony May.
Local devo deals would give counties the levers
Anthony May says we need the long-awaited devolution framework and it must set out a clear blueprint offering flexibility on models and governance, while making it clear what the rules are and what is on offer.
Colleagues shared their ‘passion, energy and commitment’ at the Association of County Chief Executives spring seminar despite uncertainty in virtually every local government agenda, says Anthony May
Economic value of social care tends to slip under the radar
The social care Green Paper must set out proposals that recognise the need to develop a motivated, skilled and properly remunerated workforce, says new chairman of the Association of County Chief Executives Anthony May