Author Archives: Gerald Vernon-Jackson

Opinion: Does the central and local government relationship need rewiring?

Wired Government smallerThe relationship between central and local government in the UK has always been strained. The UK is one of the most centralised democracies in Europe, and as we have no written constitution local government has no automatic right to exist or do anything. Everything is dependent on the decisions of ministers.

The new Government in 2010 did good things in reversing some of the things the last right-wing, authoritarian and centralising government had done. The huge inspection and reporting regime was abolished. Ring fencing of budgets was mainly done away with. The Localism Act was brought in that gave local government the power of local competence.

Posted in Local government, News and Op-eds | Tagged and | 6 Comments

Danny, Don and Nick stand up for Local Government in a way that Pickles never has

The Autumn Statement has announced no further cuts to local government in the next financial year, with a 2% cut the following year.

We’re grateful to Danny Alexander, Don Foster and Nick Clegg for stepping in and saying “no” to further cuts to local services over the next year – in a way we just haven’t seen from the DCLG Secretary of State, Eric Pickles.

Liberal Democrat Ministers have stopped an across-the-board cut of 1% to local government next year. That means up to £240m extra that will be in council budgets every year which will help fund youth services, streets, parks, …

Posted in Local government and News | Tagged , , and | 1 Comment

Opinion: Reflections on local and national power

Well, Autumn Conference in Liverpool was an interesting experience. Bumping into Ministers and asking them to sort out issues was strange. An odd aircraft carrier here, and regeneration scheme there. Who knows if these discussions had any effect, but at least we could ask the people who might make the decisions. Few of us now remember the last time this happened. The 1929 Liberal Assembly seems a long time ago now.

Being in coalition has this upside. To be able to influence decisions is what we stand for elections for. We think our ideas are better than those of the other …

Posted in Op-eds | Tagged | 3 Comments



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarPsi 2nd Sep - 12:14am
    Jayne Mansfield "I agree that scapegoating individuals is not the answer " That is not what any one is proposing. It is holding people accountable...
  • User AvatarEddie Sammon 2nd Sep - 12:10am
    Hmm, I suppose creditors should price in the fact that people might just walk away from their debt, but when corporate banks seem to be...
  • User AvatarRichard Dean 1st Sep - 11:47pm
    Statutory deradicalization probably means that the user of that phrase hasn't got a clue. Which fits given who the user is. However it really is...
  • User AvatarDave Page 1st Sep - 11:45pm
    But sadly, most of the people going to fight for IS are not particularly religious; there's a good piece by Dan Hannan (with whom I...
  • User AvatarMatt (Bristol) 1st Sep - 11:42pm
    I need some sort of civil-liberties-stripping crisisometer to keep objective track of the successive pretexts / really, really pressing reasons for taking people's right to...
  • User AvatarEddie Sammon 1st Sep - 11:41pm
    Mark might be onto something. I emailed the business department about leveraged buy-outs last week, about how people shouldn't be able to buy healthy companies,...