James Maker

James Maker

James Maker is policy manager at CCN
  • A fresh vision

    08 March 2022

    A new report from Newton and the County Councils Network presents a vision for what the future of children’s social care could be and defines an optimised model for delivering it, say Luke Tregidgo and James Maker.


  • Embedding a new approach to devolution is critical to county deals success

    09 December 2021

    A report concludes the White Paper on levelling up must include a devolution framework to build on and embed the Government’s county deals ‘principles,’ says James Maker.


  • There's a lot to play for when it comes to delivering devolution

    10 August 2021

    While Government has provided a strong steer on the basic principles of county devolution deals, it’s now down to local areas to build on this guidance and bring forward proposals in collaboration with partners, argues James Maker.


  • A social care model that’s fit for the future

    09 February 2021

    A new report sets out the key ingredients of a better social care system, using a delivery model that is both optimised and local, say James Maker and Daniel Sperrin.


  • Striking the right balance

    26 June 2019

    The County Councils' Network's journey over the past six years has shown just how crucial striking the right balance is to being an effective special interest group, says James Maker


  • Reforming two-tier arrangements

    08 August 2018

    Reorganisation has proved controversial in many parts of the country. James Maker suggests pooling new and existing powers at the strategic level could offer a more politically attractive devolution agenda in county areas.


  • Building the evidence base for a long-term settlement

    04 July 2018

    James Maker says Northamptonshire CC’s mismanagement of austerity should not prevent us talking about the latter more openly.


  • Reorganisation in counties must be based on evidence

    20 February 2018

    Reorganisation may be part of the future of local government in two–tier counties, but it will only deliver long-term sustainability if it is built around evidence, not short-term fixes, argues James Maker.


  • Counties can impact the next administration's agenda

    14 June 2017

    There is a growing disquiet as to whether business rate retention offers the solutions to local government's funding needs, argues James Maker as he looks ahead to the Queen's Speech.


  • Local elections must springboard the sector to the centre of the national debate

    26 April 2017

    Next week's local elections must be used to propel local government to the centre of the General Election debate, writes James Maker.


  • Gearing up for the rate debate

    08 March 2017

    James Maker outlines the importance of county authorities in achieving a balanced business rate system and looks ahead to the contentious debate about tier-splits.


  • A new future for reorganisation

    16 November 2016

    Sajid Javid's comments have hinted at how the Government will approach local government reform, says James Maker


  • Serious questions over Care Act implementation

    09 July 2015

    There has been much discussion on the Care Act’s impact on councils at time when the social care system is under severe financial strain but the County Councils Network has now opened up a new front in this important debate, writes James Maker.