No powers, no funds. How municipalities are working creatively to address the needs of Syrian refugees in Turkey

Professor Vivien Lowndes and Professor Rabia Karakaya Polat Over 5.6 million people have fled Syria since 2011. Turkey hosts the world’s largest community of displaced Syrians (about 3.6 million). Nine years after the arrival of the first group of Syrians, their future in Turkey is still uncertain. Our British Academy funded research is exploring the … Continue reading No powers, no funds. How municipalities are working creatively to address the needs of Syrian refugees in Turkey

Research to Help Rebuild After Covid-19

Jason Lowther Last month Sir Patrick Vallance, Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government, met (virtually) with over 100 researchers and policy officers to discuss the output of a six-month programme looking at some of the fundamental challenges to our society, economy and ways of living.  Commissioned by the Government Office for Science, the Rebuilding … Continue reading Research to Help Rebuild After Covid-19

Local authorities and climate change: responding to the green challenge

Jon Bloomfield What lies ahead for local government in 2021? We know the pandemic will continue to loom large. But all the signs are that with the UK hosting the crucial, international climate change conference (COP26) in Glasgow next November, the issue of climate change will be high on the policy agenda. Over the last … Continue reading Local authorities and climate change: responding to the green challenge

Councils should make better use of churches to bring communities together

Dr Madeleine Pennington As if one were needed, Croydon Council’s issue of a section 114 notice in November offered a further stark reminder of the financial challenges facing local authorities. After a decade of austerity, the pandemic is stretching (and will stretch further) councils already running on a shoestring – and one consequence of reduced … Continue reading Councils should make better use of churches to bring communities together

Andy Burnham was right: this Prime Minister can’t handle devolution

Chris Game Negotiate? Look what happened last time! “Unlike previously, there will be no negotiation with local leaders … financial support will be allocated on a uniform per capita basis”.  Simply a Guardian report, not a Prime Ministerial quote, but it didn’t need to be. What happens after December 2nd, the local restriction tiers to … Continue reading Andy Burnham was right: this Prime Minister can’t handle devolution