Power to You: Neighbourhood Planning Gives Communities Control of Development in Their Local Areas

Tony Armstrong | Posted 08.10.2016 | UK
Tony Armstrong

Localism hands power to people. Decades of decisions being taken at a central level and then imposed on communities have been turned on their heads in recent years and people are now reaping the benefits.

An Over-Centralised Welfare System Is Killing the United Kingdom

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 20.04.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

ew people realise that the UK is one of the most centralised welfare systems in the world. Whitehall controls healthcare, education, tax and benefits. Local government controls only social care and a few other minor services. It doesn't need to be this way.

USA Welcome to Climate Change

Anders Lorenzen | Posted 01.01.2013 | UK Politics
Anders Lorenzen

The idea that the choice lies in either saving the climate or the economy is nonsense; dealing with the causes, effects and outcomes of climate change will provide a huge economic stimulus it itself. Which begs the question, what are they waiting for.

Mayors Must Exert Political Leadership; Not Wait for Powers

John Tizard | Posted 19.06.2012 | UK Politics
John Tizard

There is a real opportunity for a major step forward to a more decentralised and locally accountable state but this will requires not only Government action but more critically bold local political leadership. Mayors must exert their political authority on behalf of their communities and not wait for Ministers to hand them power!

Tesco Towns or Localism – Who Runs Planning?

Tony Burton | Posted 02.09.2011 | UK Politics
Tony Burton

Seven months is a long time in legislation. It was only last December that the Localism Bill was published amid a fanfare of radical decentralisation, communities "in control" and a "power shift" to those who know their areas best. New radical rights to draw up neighbourhood plans were unveiled and communities pricked up their ears and wondered.