“Too much of the money that Whitehall hands to local government is ring-fenced, meaning it is tied to specifically prescribed diktat from central government and councils are denied the freedom to make their own decisions as to the correct spending balance between various local projects or services.”
One of the most concerning aspects of Westminster’s ongoing Brexit debate is that it is letting other unresolved political and economic problems go unnoticed. One of the most serious and overlooked of these is the UK’s productivity problem.
Staff and managers need to innovate to overcome the barriers of distance
Knowledge of the barriers people face locally often trump tech when it comes to helping underrepresented people to vote, writes the deputy director of the Cabinet Office’s Policy Lab UK.
‘We are seeing an increasingly worrying trend of a lack of civility towards our public servants’
The former civil servant who led the government’s review of community cohesion in 2016 responds to LGC’s findings
As readers of this magazine will be well aware, over the last decade councils have faced unprecedented cuts to their funding and major reforms to their funding system.
Five years on from the Northern Powerhouse being first born as an idea, it is worth remembering it is a shared project of Labour-led northern city regions and a former Conservative chancellor.
GMCA has made it a mission to capitalise on the opportunity of ageing and become “one of the best places in the world to grow up, get on and grow old”.
Former council director Blair McPherson questions whether ever expending responsibilities are asking too much of people