Control shift: a new role for local government


Better government needs people, not politicians, at the centre

Steve Reed OBE MP, Member of Parliament for Croydon North and Shadow Minister for Home Affairs

Government isn’t working. This isn’t a party-political point: the way that our government is structured wastes money and stands in the way of effective, citizen-centred public services…

Time to value local government

Sir Michael Lyons, Chairman, English Cities Fund and Sally Burlington, Head of Programmes, Social Policy, Local Government Association

Our country is made up of a diverse mix of people, in varied and sometimes fluid communities with different needs, preferences and cultural norms…

Local government and the ladder of trust

Councillor Lord True CBE, Leader of the Council, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

A dangerous gulf has opened – not only in the UK – between those who populate the institutions of government and those they work for. 21st century politicians hire focus groups and pollsters to tell them what people want to hear…

The gathering storm

Councillor Sir Merrick Cockell, former Chairman, Local Government Association

There’s a storm brewing in local government. The winds of change are all blowing towards agreement that “local” is the way forward. And with the Scottish referendum looming, these winds are now reaching gale-force…