Simon Parker

In praise of Pickles

27/11/2014

Council leaders should think carefully before popping the champagne corks once the current communities secretary, genuine localist Eric Pickles, is no longer there, writes Simon Parker.

Why councillors should go on strike

08/05/2014

Swiftian proposal on why councillors should go on strike canvassing for PPCs at next General Election in protest at council cutbacks.

Why councils need to 'get on' with shared services

07/03/2014

Shared services may be boring and difficult, but they are also politically essential for the future of local government.

Soapbox by Simon Parker

03/09/2013

NLGN director urges local government to intervene in housebuilding crisis to help address market failure.

What’s the big idea?

21/07/2011

Some of our poorest areas have the strongest sense of community and the greatest social capital – and councils need to tap into that potential, suggests Simon Parker

Rethinking modern times

21/04/2011

Local politicians will have to do the ‘heavy lifting’, if councils are to establish a convincing narrative for changing the way public services are delivered, contends Simon Parker

Market forces

06/04/2011

Councils may be under pressure to contract out services and reduce costs, but they still expect to support the local economy and employment, says Simon Parker.

Localism is dead – long live localism

16/12/2010

Plans for the future of local government have been swept away by the Localism Bill and the finance settlement and replaced with a new era of innovation, says Simon Parker

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Andrew Knowles and Leena Gillespie explain how local authorities can reshape the future of Britain’s challenged high street.
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