Jonathan Carr-West

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    A road map for pluralistic and ‘asymmetric’ devolution in the UK

A road map for pluralistic and ‘asymmetric’ devolution in the UK

Devolution to a model set out by the centre is not devolution at all, writes Jonathan Carr-West. We need local authorities and groups of local authorities in cities and counties to come forward with detailed and realistic proposals on how they plan to grow their local economies and improve local services and what powers they need to achieve this.
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    Rather than asking what local elections tell us about national politics, we should be asking what national politics can learn from the local elections

Rather than asking what local elections tell us about national politics, we should be asking what national politics can learn from the local elections

Jonathan Carr-West looks at the local elections that are taking place in the UK tomorrow. Rather than provide predictions, he looks at what the biggest questions are. Will the LibDems survive? Will UKIP have a repeat performance? How many seats counts as enough for Labour? He also stresses how important the local elections are for local areas and local people, […]

Is local government heading for broke? The scale and speed of budget cuts mean that councils do not have the time and space to ensure permanent and sustainable reductions in cost

The scale of budget reductions means that some councils, including some large ones, are bound to fail. The irony is that dealing with immediate budget cuts mean that councils do not have the time and space to invest in or think deeply about the measures that will ensure permanent and sustainable reductions in cost. Jonathan Carr-West writes that local authorities have both […]

We need fundamental innovation and change in local government

The spending review saw further cuts to local government budgets, which will have left the sector feeling somewhat hard done by. There were nonetheless some positives, such as the integrated health and social care commissioning, but they could have gone much further. Jonathan Carr-West argues that long term changes to our society, economy and environment require us to think radically about what local services […]

Local government finance reform will create winners and losers but could help engage communities and strengthen democracy

Jonathan Carr-West notes that the plans for localism promise to give councils real power to engage communities and strengthen local democracy, but the prospect of regional variance and inequality will test the government’s true commitment to the cause. There’s a row brewing over the government’s plans to reform town hall financing. Announced before Christmas the plans, which received a second […]