Exploring corruption risks in local government planning decisions

Teddy Marks, Transparency International UK Anyone who’s lived near or been involved in a major planning application knows they are a magnet for controversy and tension. This is exactly why the decision to grant or reject permission is given to local representatives – to ensure there is some form of accountability. Yet recent examples have … Continue reading Exploring corruption risks in local government planning decisions

Prime Minister, remember when you weren’t hell-bent on infantilising local government?

Chris Game   I should just have returned from Limpopo, northernmost South African province and home to a substantial chunk of the famous Kruger National Park.  I, however, would have been there not for the wildlife, or even the wild life, but for the eminently respectable annual conference of IASIA, the International Association of Schools … Continue reading Prime Minister, remember when you weren’t hell-bent on infantilising local government?

Prime Minister, remember when you weren’t hell-bent on infantilising local government?

Chris Game   I should just have returned from Limpopo, northernmost South African province and home to a substantial chunk of the famous Kruger National Park.  I, however, would have been there not for the wildlife, or even the wild life, but for the eminently respectable annual conference of IASIA, the International Association of Schools … Continue reading Prime Minister, remember when you weren’t hell-bent on infantilising local government?

Prime Minister, remember when you opposed infantilising local government?

Chris Game I should just have returned from Limpopo, northernmost South African province and home to a substantial chunk of the famous Kruger National Park.  I, however, would have been there not for the wildlife, or even the wild life. Quite the contrary. I’d have been presenting a paper at the eminently respectable annual conference … Continue reading Prime Minister, remember when you opposed infantilising local government?

Prime Minister, remember when you opposed infantilising local government?

Chris Game I should just have returned from Limpopo, northernmost South African province and home to a substantial chunk of the famous Kruger National Park.  I, however, would have been there not for the wildlife, or even the wild life. Quite the contrary. I’d have been presenting a paper at the eminently respectable annual conference … Continue reading Prime Minister, remember when you opposed infantilising local government?

Social care reform – comprehensive is good, but comprehensible vital

Chris Game Cllr Ketan Sheth’s recent blog on ‘Local Government and the NHS Integrated Care System’ was, as he explained, timely for him personally – as an elected London borough councillor about to take on a novel scrutiny role in a new ICS. For us Midlands readers it was timely too, for reasons most easily … Continue reading Social care reform – comprehensive is good, but comprehensible vital

Can democratic renewal help us ‘build back better’ from the COVID-19 crisis? Key recommendations from the Newham Democracy and Civic Participation Commission

Elke Loeffler and Nick Pearce Newham has seen one of the highest rates of COVID 19 mortality in England and Wales. Being one of the 10% most deprived areas in the UK (according to 2019 deprivation indices) the crisis has exposed wider social and economic inequalities – in health, housing, access to services and income … Continue reading Can democratic renewal help us ‘build back better’ from the COVID-19 crisis? Key recommendations from the Newham Democracy and Civic Participation Commission