Full text of speech by the Chairman of NALC, Councillor Ken Browse, to the ‘What next for localism?’ conference on Wednesday 26 March 2014: Good afternoon everyone. I want to start by saying thank you to Freddie for chairing today’s event. As the Chairman of NALC it’s usually my job to ensure our event runs […]
A speech by Rory Stewart MP – who is also Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on local democracy – on the future of local democracy on Wednesday 27 November, at an event hosted by Localis.
Whilst the use of social media/networking is steadily growing in local government, it would be fair to say that it hasn’t exactly exploded within the first tier of local government. This may not be such a bad thing as local (parish and town) councils are cautious and risk averse creatures, perhaps rightly so many would […]
When I was at #localgovcamp recently I finally met in the flesh Russell Tanner, the e-Communications Manager for the Commission for Rural Communities. We’d previously swapped emails on a whole heap of stuff, in particular on sorting out the online launch of guidance arising from our joint project on engaging with new unitary authorities. Like […]
Last week we welcomed many of the underlying principles of the Conservative Party green paper on localism, ‘Control Shift: returning power to local communities’, and in particular the proposal for a power of general competence to be extended to local councils. Commenting on this latest policy paper from the Conservatives, our Chairman, Councillor Michael Chater, […]