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

Keeping the window open: the 21st Century Public Servant and Covid-19

Image by @laurabrodrick Prof. Catherine Needham Local authorities had experience of managing short-term local crises, but the national and long-lasting crisis created by Covid-19 has been something new outside wartime. Local authorities had to manage the local implications of the lockdown and Covid-19 preparedness in their area whilst also moving all of their own non-essential … Continue reading Keeping the window open: the 21st Century Public Servant and Covid-19

How coronavirus is changing how we think about illegal drugs

Jon Bloomfield The debate between prevention or punishment is receiving some ‘new thinking’ that may change the way drugs are bought and used. How the country handles people who use drugs is a contentious political issue. Like most of the country, Birmingham has a growing problem with drug misuse. Over the last forty years Judith … Continue reading How coronavirus is changing how we think about illegal drugs

The £3 Billion Pound Question

Jason Lowther The Institute for Fiscal Studies’ latest review of English council finances documents why so many chief executives and treasurers have been having sleepless nights since “whatever it takes to tackle Covid” transformed into “as little as we can get away with giving you”. On Wilkins Micawber’s “income” side, Covid has hit councils’ commercial … Continue reading The £3 Billion Pound Question

The Transformative Politics of the European Green Deal

by Jon Bloomfield COVID 19 has highlighted our fragile relationship to the planet. But it represents a minor challenge compared to the permanent havoc that runaway climate change threatens. Politicians and governments – some at least – are beginning to recognise the scale of the danger. In this article we assess the evolution of policy … Continue reading The Transformative Politics of the European Green Deal

The Transformative Politics of the European Green Deal

by Jon Bloomfield COVID 19 has highlighted our fragile relationship to the planet. But it represents a minor challenge compared to the permanent havoc that runaway climate change threatens. Politicians and governments – some at least – are beginning to recognise the scale of the danger. In this article we assess the evolution of policy … Continue reading The Transformative Politics of the European Green Deal

Simon Clarke – first his speech goes, then him

Chris Game Boris Johnson didn’t start the modern trend of hyper-rapid ministerial turnover, but he did ratchet it up.  His election last July produced a larger ministerial cull than in any other recent transition between ministers of the same party, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government being no exception. So, were you paying … Continue reading Simon Clarke – first his speech goes, then him