From the editor
Councils have been curiously reticent about promoting local democracy, allowing national voices to drown out local issues, writes LGC editor Nick Golding.
Local government has collectively made insufficient headway in articulating a positive, locally-orientated vision for post-Brexit Britain
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The suggestion public health should be wrenched away from local government back towards the health service is in keeping with an era in which farce has seemingly become the driving force in national politics.
“The end is nigh” is a phrase heard increasingly regularly in town, city and county halls – but today, for once, LGC is using it in an uplifting way. Yes, New Year’s Eve will mark just one year being left of what has been a sorry decade for local government.
In contrast to Theresa May’s mantra during the last general election campaign, the only thing that’s strong and stable right now is the instability itself.
The chasm between the centre and the local has never been bigger, with the former increasingly oblivious to its defenestration of the latter.
There is a sense of ‘too little, too late’ about the indication ministers are finally taking local government’s dire financial predicament seriously.
“There are no strings attached.” That is the unambiguous response from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government to LGC’s natural scepticism that ministers really have had an epiphany about the importance of council housing.