England’s over-centralisation isn’t just a governance issue now – it’s a public health emergency

The concentration of power at Westminster and Whitehall has long frustrated those of us who engage closely with the structures of governance and compare it to decentralised norms across much of Europe. Now, as with so many facets of the Covid-19 crisis, the pandemic has exposed national vulnerabilities and left us grappling with the consequences. The grip on initiative that rests in SW1 is one such weakness, which is impacting how our system is responding to the virus, in turn perpetuating the public health emergency we find ourselves in.

The national political tremors have settled. Let’s re-focus on local health scrutiny

Cllr. Ketan Sheth There was a lot of national media commentary and coverage about the role of the NHS at the recent General Election, which was unsurprising given all the commitments major political parties were making: boosting NHS funding, more doctors and extra GP appointments, rebuilding hospitals, and so on. However, I think that members … Continue reading The national political tremors have settled. Let’s re-focus on local health scrutiny