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.

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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, …

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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 …

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    Apologies to all for my extensive digression and particularly to Alex Sabine who has made several very good on topic contributions that may have been...
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    Honestly speaking, the best solution for England in my opinion would be regional assemblies (but not the euro regions) which could then always set up...
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    @Michael BG - Think what is actually putting people off is the way adults/parents talk about it being a loan and debt as if it...
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    In my experience, most people in the south east would want an English parliament. Most people in the rest of England don't really want another...
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    The things that our grandparents or great grandparents experienced during the Great War still have consequences that ripple down through the generations. One of my...
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    "Now Nick has joined in by saying any Labour government that relied on the votes of Scottish MPs would lack legitimacy. Is this the official...
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