Let’s talk about tax
Colin Copus and Steve Leach ask how we should approach the problem of how to finance English local government and examine how comparable nations use their local taxation powers
Setting standards for democracy
Proposals to suspend councillors for their misdemeanours may cause more problems than they solve, argues Colin Copus. Instead, the public should have the right of recall
The dead hand of centralism
Central Government must give up its ‘iron grip’ on local government finances and free councils up to make genuine local choices, say Steve Leach and Colin Copus.
Giving councillors a voice
Local government must organise itself to support its councillors in their interactions with external agencies, write Professor Colin Copus and Rachel Wall.
The true voice of the councillor
Rachel Wall and Colin Copus summarise the findings of a large-scale study of the challenges and ever-evolving tasks facing councillors today.rachel
A manifesto for local government
Professor Colin Copus thrashes out his own ‘manifesto for local government’ after seeing the low key focus on the sector given by the big political parties in their election statements.
Local government should be out and proud
Professor Colin Copus argues why local government would benefit from a 'Leave' vote in Thursday's EU referendum
Commission for councillors
Policy-makers, the media and the general public all require a clearer picture of what councillors can and cannot do. Professor Colin Copus explains how the newly-launched Councillor Commission for England will adddress this issue
Credit where it’s due
Councillors may be part of their local community but familiarity seems to breed contempt. Professor Colin Copus argues that the detailed work they do is often overlooked when it should be applauded.
Elected mayors ideal to top combined authorities
Professor of local politics at De Montfort University, Colin Copus, admits that directly-elected mayors have hardly caught the world of local politics aflame but he believes they are the future.
Put out more flags
An English Parliament is an essential prerequisite to an English localised state, argues Professor Colin Copus
A manifesto for mayors
Directly elected mayors could pave the way for a powerful new system local government, but only if they are given the powers they need , says Colin Copus.