Author: Jonathan Carr-West

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Municipal Futures

Upcoming local elections will see new councillors elected, new administrations forming and members taking on new portfolios. They will immediately be immersed into the frantic day to day life of a busy council, but if and when they get a chance to pause and look around them, what is the local government landscape that they…

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Local elections 2014: The 5 key questions

With local elections almost upon us it’s hard not to be drawn into speculation about the results. Rather than offering predictive hostages to fortune, however, we think it’s more helpful to try and draw out some of the key questions into which these elections might give us insight   1) How much is enough for…

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Synaptic public services

What's next for localism? Jonathan Carr-West spells out a vision for synaptic public services, where councils shift from doing things to making things happen.

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Connected Localism

Connected Localism, a new collection of essays published by LGiU today argues for radical public service transformation through networks of local innovation.

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Fat is a local government issue

Yesterday, the LGiU published a new report on public health with Westminster City Council, writes Jonathan Carr-West.

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What did the party conference season tell us about local government?

This article was first published by the Guardian Local Government Network. It’s a distinct moment in the political calendar. As summer holidays become a distant memory and the weather takes an autumnal turn, thousands of activists break out their lanyards and head for the seaside – or Manchester and Birmingham – for the annual carnival…

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The neglected drama of the social care crisis

This article was first published by Total Politics. This week a group of parliamentarians from both Houses and all parties met under the auspices of the all-party parliamentary group for local government to continue their inquiry into adult social care. This may seem inconsequential in the week of double dip and Leveson, but we shouldn’t forget…

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Is the deluge of data good for government?

This article was first published by Total Politics. Open data is becoming big news and, potentially, big business. Policy wonks and digital democracy campaigners have for years expounded its virtues in a variety of conferences, hack events and gov camps. It’s seen as a driver both of accountability and of public service innovation, but has…

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Should local government borrow its way to growth?

This article was first published by Total Politics. George Osborne’s third Budget has created a bit more of a stir than one might have expected given that it was in many ways a steady as it goes Budget: a “stability first” Budget as the Chancellor labelled it. For local government there was some meat there,…

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