Local democracy

Powers warning ahead of new deals

07/12/2021

A new report today warns areas reluctant to accept directly-elected leaders in the next wave of devolution deals may be offered ‘fewer powers and flexibilities’.

Counties in council tax warning

07/10/2021

County leaders have warned council tax bills would have to rise by almost a quarter over three years to get close to eliminating their deficit.

Johnson: Bring your devolution plans to me

15/07/2021

Prime Minister Boris Johnson called for local leaders to take their devolution plans to him in a keynote speech from the West Midlands this morning.

Newham launches innovative Citizen's Assembly

09/07/2021

Newham LBC is launching the first permanent Citizen’s Assembly in an effort to hand more power to local people.

Virtual meetings have boosted local democracy, survey finds

17/06/2021

Nine in 10 councils believe local democracy has improved as a direct result of online council meetings, a survey has found.

Queen's Speech: Controversial voter ID plans roll forward

11/05/2021

Voter ID is expected to be introduced by May 2023 after the Government pledged to introduce legislation to ‘ensure the integrity of elections’.

Virtual council meeting challenge dismissed by High Court

28/04/2021

Councils will not be able to continue to meet virtually after 6 May after High Court Judges dismissed a legal challenge by local government.

Power of local government eroded over decades, report concludes

16/04/2021

Local authorities have seen a ‘steady erosion’ of their autonomy by central Government over the last four decades, a new report has concluded.

So when will Whitehall take a back seat?

15/04/2021

Andrew Carter, chief executive of Centre for Cities, tells Government to give councils 'the powers and resources to make the right decisions for our areas’.

Zoom star Jackie Weaver calls for online council meetings to be made legal

15/04/2021

Zoom star Jackie Weaver and the professional body for IT have joined forces to urge the Government to make online council meetings legal.

Virtual insanity: Councils hit out at refusal to extend meeting rules

26/03/2021

Councils will not be able to hold virtual council meetings after 6 May after the Government refused to budge on changes to legislation.

Proportional votes to come to Wales

19/11/2020

Proportional voting will be introduced to Welsh council elections for the first time as the franchise is extended to 16- and 17-year olds and foreigners.

Planning proposals will 'disempower' councils

28/09/2020

The Lib Dems have used their autumn conference to warn that the Government’s planning proposals will ‘disempower’ councils.

Ministers to receive Somerset unitary business case

31/07/2020

A business case for a single Somerset unitary has been sent to communities secretary Robert Jenrick and local government minister Simon Clarke.

Hand health powers to elected mayors, says report

23/06/2020

Health powers should be handed to elected mayors as part of a ‘rejuvenated and fortified wave of devolution,’ a think-tank report has suggested.

Video conferencing first at council meeting

02/04/2020

A council used software to help decide key planning applications in what is believed to be the first meeting of its kind in the country.

Councils close buildings and cancel meetings in response to coronavirus outbreak

16/03/2020

Councils have closed, events and meetings have been cancelled and some politicians are in self-isolation in a bid to stem the spreading of the coronavirus pandemic.

Budget 2020: New West Yorkshire mayor announced

11/03/2020

A new directly-elected West Yorkshire mayor has been announced with the Government signing a new devolution deal amid plans to ‘level up’ the UK economy.

Boost for Yorkshire leaders committee talks

15/01/2020

Local government secretary Robert Jenrick has agreed to talks on the role and functions of a new committee of leaders from across Yorkshire.

Devolution revolution expected after Johnson wins

13/12/2019

Local government was this morning expecting a devolution revolution after Prime Minister Boris Johnson secured a sweeping election win.

Queen's Speech 19: Voter ID requirement at elections to be rolled out

14/10/2019

The Queen’s Speech has set out the Government’s plans to require voters to show photographic ID at polling stations.

Plans for voter ID bill branded 'dangerous and undemocratic'

13/10/2019

Plans to introduce voter ID across the whole country have been branded ‘dangerous, misguided and undemocratic’ by the Electoral Reform Society (ERS).

It’s time to reboot localism, says think tank

23/09/2019

Local authorities should formally commit to including the neighbourhood in all decision making processes, says Centre for London.

'Cracks' starting to show in electoral system

16/09/2019

Election administrators have warned of ‘cracks’ beginning to show in the electoral system with the prospect of another poll on the horizon.

NILGA: Give councils the power to change Northern Ireland

11/02/2019

The Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA) has called for the role of councils to be formally reviewed and strengthened after the elections in May, giving greater decision making powers to local people and places.

Christchurch reorganisation challenge defeated

07/08/2018

Christchurch BC may launch an appeal after a High Court judge today refused its challenge to local government reorganisation plans.

Brokenshire considering new devolution models

10/07/2018

James Brokenshire is considering new models of devolution as he seeks to extend further powers to local areas, the communities secretary has insisted.

Welsh Government in new push for larger councils

20/03/2018

Local government in Wales is facing a radical overhaul, with ministers consulting on plans to create ‘larger, stronger councils’.

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