Democracy

Residents will have to approve street names changes under new proposals

12/04/2022

Councils will be required to get approval from local residents to change street names under new proposals announced today.

City council votes for major governance overhaul

25/03/2022

Sheffield City Council has agreed to a major overhaul of how it will take democratic decisions after a referendum on the city’s governance last year.

Calls for radical expansion of parish and town councils

12/11/2021

Parish and town councils should be established in every neighbourhood to help places level up and revive local democracy, a think tank has said today.

It’s now or never for modern democracy

14/10/2021

The electoral landscape is now ‘more crowded than ever’, while council resources have been ground down, says Laura Lock – and she warns that professionals do not have limitless capacity.

How can open data compliment community development?

24/08/2021

Nathan Coyle outlines the mechanisms and tools to help councils to take citizen engagement on the issue seriously

Elections Bill introduced in Parliament

06/07/2021

Councils must be properly funded and given ample time to prepare for the 'significant' changes proposed for election rules in the UK, the Electoral Commission has warned.

Care home residents 'barred' from voting booth says care group

14/04/2021

A care group has branded it a 'national scandal' that care home residents will be unable to vote in person in the local elections without self-isolating for 14 days afterwards.

UCL study calls for ‘21st century approach to prosperity’

16/03/2021

A new study has criticised the Government’s top down levelling-up agenda and calls for what it calls a ‘21st century approach to prosperity’.

Campaigners warns voter ID plans will 'disenfranchise millions'

10/03/2021

Plans for mandatory voter ID will disproportionately impact the BAME community and prevent millions of people from voting, campaigners have warned.

Councils given power to hold meetings remotely

03/04/2020

Local authorities will be allowed to hold public meetings remotely by video or telephone, under new powers introduced today.

Three councils named ‘democracy pioneers’

12/03/2020

Nineteen ‘democracy pioneers’, including three local authorities, have been awarded £10,000 each for their work to improve people’s understanding and experience of democracy in the UK.

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