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Our politicians need to get real and follow the example of local government

The start of the campaign was characterised by one “C” word – cuts. For a couple of weeks Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg all talked tough on public spending reductions. The Government delivered a tough-ish PBR, David Cameron promised “swingeing cuts” and Nick Clegg promised to do for Trident. This “C” word, however,…

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We’ll all pay for this

“Some general elections mark the end not only of governments but of historical eras too. The one in 1945 signified the end of pre-war social atomisation. The election of 1979 marked the demise of the post war economic settlement. The election called by Gordon Brown also coincides with the end of an era: the era…

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Liberal Democrat manifesto: local government key points

This is a quick at a glance summary on the key points in the manifesto of particular interest to local government 1. Make local government more accountable and responsive to local people by introducing fair votes for local elections in England. (NB: By ‘fair votes’ the Lib Dems mean proportional representation) 2. Reform local taxation.…

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Conservative manifesto: local government key points

The Conservative Party General Election manifesto is published today.  This is an at a glance guide on the key points for local government and local public services.  “We believe that if you decentralise power, you get better results and better value for money. So the plans set out in this manifesto represent an unprecedented redistribution…

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Manifesto-speak

Confusion at LGIU towers following the release of the Labour manifesto yesterday. Not about whether the manifesto represents a “bold, persuasive manifesto” or a mixture of “old-fashioned statism with eleventh-hour Blairism“. But about what some of it actually meant. What, for instance, does “valuing nature for everyone” mean? Does that mean Ed Miliband will be…

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Labour manifesto: local government key points

The Labour manifesto key points for local government: Total Place to be basis of ‘radical change to local public services’ with prevention and early intervention emphasis Commitment to reduce ring fencing and targets New powers for social and affordable housing, climate change, and connected to the proposed National Care Service City regions to be promoted,…

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Conservative local government and localism proposals

The all time most popular post on this blog was this one on the Conservative’s localism green paper where we summarised Conservative policies.   The LGiU has welcomed the commitment to localism but we have been pushing hard for a wider perspective on what real localism is.  Our papers on primary justice – localising the criminal justice system,…

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Do you have to be rich to be green?

Dr Andy Jonhston, Head of Sustainability at the LGiU, was on Radio 4 You and Yours yesterday on the theme of “Do you have to be rich to be green?”    Listen here at around 20 minutes in.

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Local elections – ones to watch – councils most likely to change control

As promised in my recent post detailing all the councils with elections on May 6th, these are my predictions of the 20 councils that are most likely to change political control, based on marginality of current control, and factoring in the current national (and therefore unreliable!) opinion polls, with any other local indicators.    As ever, we…

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Tony Blair and local democracy

Readers could be forgiven for thinking that “Tony Blair” and “local democracy” don’t have a great deal in common. His tenure ushered in a more presidential style of leadership in which MPs had less autonomy and local councils were subject to a new swathe of performance measures. But that ignores an important part of his…

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