Paul Wheeler

Paul Wheeler

Paul Wheeler is director of the Political Skills Forum and writes on local politics
  • Lessons from the collapse of Bury FC

    11 September 2019

    The sad demise of Bury FC will hopefully provoke a long overdue debate on how English football is governed, says Paul Wheeler.


  • Time to wake up

    20 August 2019

    Paul Wheeler says the ‘slow death of capable local political leadership’ is hopefully a wake-up call to parties to invest in and support local politics.


  • 'Mean, nasty, brutish and short'

    24 July 2019

    A recent reunion of the original cast of the late Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA) has led Paul Wheeler to ponder the 'barriers and pitfalls that have been erected in the path of future progress'.


  • A searchlight is shone on the shoddy treatment of leaseholders

    12 June 2019

    Paul Wheeler says the 'whole sorry saga' of the removal of potentially lethal cladding has shone a long overdue searchlight on the appalling treatment of leaseholders by the major housebuilders.


  • This 'false debate' could weaken growth of city regions

    30 April 2019

    The current 'false debate' stating that the sad plight of many northern towns is a direct result of the success of nearby cities could weaken the growth of vibrant city regions at a vital time, says Paul Wheeler.


  • A four-point plan for social housing

    27 March 2019

    Tens of thousands of families are desperately worried about their continuing ability to pay high rents, says Paul Wheeler. Here, he outlines a four-point plan for creating homes for social rent.


  • Union power games in Birmingham will not help create jobs

    20 March 2019

    Paul Wheeler is sure the cause of the Birmingham bin dispute has its roots in a struggle over equal pay for equal work. What cannot have helped is a 'noisy inter-union dispute'.


  • The Berlin perspective

    06 February 2019

    Perhaps we should all be asking the Germans how they get their priorities in order before rushing to the European exit, says Paul Wheeler.


  • Councils are coming out of the shadows

    12 December 2018

    While we can do without friendly fire from a failing Government, councils do need to address issues of performance and leadership locally, says Paul Wheeler.


  • The North needs help with supporting asylum seekers

    13 November 2018

    Unlike Germany, the UK has outsourced the challenge of supporting asylum seekers to the poorest communities in the North - and when they ask for help they are treated with contempt by journalists, writes Paul Wheeler.


  • soapbox

    17 October 2018

    Paul Wheeler is 'taking a break from Brexit Britain' to spend a year in the German capital while returning to university The attraction of a country which teaches in English and charges no tuition fees 'proved irresistible'


  • Local politicians breaking through

    19 September 2018

    The pending party conference season is likely to be a savage one, with a summer of simmering discontent in the major parties and an anger among the Lib Dems about their disappearance from political debate. Northern Ireland is regressing to the politics of past hatreds. Even the normal hegemonic SNP is not immune, with major ructions between past and present leaders. Expect some angry scenes on the conference floor.


  • Is local government falling out of love with mayors?

    21 August 2018

    If local government is to have a future, we need to be more confident in supporting directly-elected mayors at all levels, writes Paul Wheeler.


  • Private leaseholders need assurance over Grenfell cladding

    24 July 2018

    Leaseholders are enduring a miserable existence with properties rendered worthless because they have similar cladding to the Grenfell Tower. Paul Wheeler calls on the Government to act.


  • Are council leaders the new football managers?

    27 June 2018

    Paul Wheeler says we need an honest debate about how local political leadership can survive and prosper in modern times.


  • Whatever happened to Homes fit for Heroes 100 years on?

    29 May 2018

    Up until the 70s, people who worked hard but earned little could afford a place to live. Paul Wheeler says that covenant is now broken as he looks at some possible solutions.


  • Local elections: a snapshot of public opinion?

    08 May 2018

    Paul Wheeler breaks down the local election results.


  • We must protect rights as well as promote equality

    25 April 2018

    The gender self-identification debate could pose a problem for safe spaces such as women's refuges. Paul Wheeler urges caution when formulating new policy.


  • The governance of housing associations is opaque and resistant to public opinion

    07 March 2018

    As councils have been written out of the script, Paul Wheeler looks at how housing associations have evolved from small local charities into something very different.


  • Fund the biggest pressures nationally and the rest through a progressive local tax

    06 February 2018

    It is time we broke our fixation with Brexit and focused on issues of real concern, writes Paul Wheeler.