Why is local government being virtually excluded from the brexit negotiations, wonders Janet Sillett, when it is the perfect opportunity press ahead with meaningful decentralisation of power.
An unusual week in politics last week, writes Janet Sillett, where brexit wasn’t the only story in town – with the budget equalling it in headlines.
Janet Sillett introduces our forthcoming series of briefings and blogs which will look at place and the importance of how we look after places and create places to creating a sense of belonging and community for the people who live there and who will live there.
Where is the voice of local government in the Brexit debate? You’d have to look pretty hard to find it, says Janet Sillett of LGiU. This isn’t my first blog to point this out, but it is surely more crucial now that that voice isn’t ignored, given the publication of the Repeal Bill (the EU…
Janet Sillett laments the lack of vision for local government in any of the manifestos published last week.
What did I learn last week when writing and editing five briefings on the mayoral elections, reflects Janet Sillett.
It will be tricky, but the incoming mayors need to make sure their voices are heard loud and clear as the brexit negotiations proceed, advises Janet Sillett.
How important can parks be in the general order of things? asks Janet Sillett. When social care is under huge pressure and council budgets are squeezed everywhere? Parks? Nice for Spring bulbs maybe or a quick stroll with the dog; a kickabout or a snooze when the weather improves. But seriously – parks?
In a post-Brexit world sub-national government will be key to economic growth, rebuilding social cohesion and reconnecting people with democratic institutions, writes Janet Sillett. Local government must make that clear to Westminster and Westminster must listen.