Dr Jonathan Carr-West
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Chief Executive of the LGiU (Local Government Information Unit)

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It Wasn't All Plain Sailing for the Conservatives in the Locals

(2) Comments | Posted 6 May 2016 | (17:13)

Much of the coverage from the English local elections has covered the blow to Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party. This will exacerbate the rift that already exists between a radical leadership and a pragmatic local government base. And while a Khan victory will be spun as the story of the night,...

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Devolution - A Road Map

(0) Comments | Posted 5 June 2015 | (14:20)

Everyone's talking about devolution these days. But while there's growing consensus around the principle, there's far less clarity about how it is to be achieved.

This is in part, because we've seen a rush to structural 'solutions' rather than real engagement with the reasons why we need a more local...

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The Landlord-Tenant Relationship Must Change

(0) Comments | Posted 22 November 2013 | (15:02)

We face many challenges as a society. These are often too big for individuals, governments or institutions to tackle alone. An overly paternalistic focus on individual behavior may lead to small changes, but the bigger underlying problems will remain.

This is an argument that goes right to the heart...

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How Can We Raise Standards in the Private Rented Sector?

(1) Comments | Posted 13 September 2013 | (17:45)

We all need a decent place to live. It's a fundamental condition of our wellbeing. There are many different ways in which we may acquire a home, but for more and more people, the private rented sector (PRS) offers a flexible alternative to home ownership or social housing: the number...

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Fat Is a Local Government Issue

(0) Comments | Posted 4 January 2013 | (14:15)

On 3 January, the LGiU published a new report on public health with Westminster City Council. Of all the recommendations in the report, which ranged from improving the supply of fresh fruit and veg to promoting use of public transport, the one that grabbed the headlines...

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A Better Insurance Market Would Help Meet Rising Costs of Adult Social Care

(0) Comments | Posted 3 January 2012 | (13:47)

A group of more than 60 government advisors, charity directors and independent experts have signed a letter to today's Daily Telegraph demanding radical reform to care and home help services. They urged the government to build a cross party consensus and to seize the opportunity presented by the...

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What Impact Has FoI Had on Local Democracy?

(0) Comments | Posted 16 December 2011 | (10:08)

Yesterday the Constitution Unit at UCL published a fascinating report, Town Hall Transparency, assessing the impact that Freedom of Information has had on local democracy and government in England.

The study found that local government receives the majority of FoI requests - with numbers increasing fourfold from 60,000...

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