Many in local government welcomed the announcement of the new tier system a few weeks ago, hoping that it would bring simplicity and clarity to councils, residents and businesses subject to restrictions.
Another week, another U-turn – this time, the botched A-level results saga. And a government that claims to be ‘levelling up’ has proved once again that this is just one more empty slogan to add to the pile.
After six months at the frontline of the emergency response to COVID-19, the unique ability of councils to respond to the needs of local communities has never been more evident.
Black Lives Matter protests, sparked by the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor in the USA, have brought the issue of systemic racism to the forefront of …
Nobody should underestimate the difficulty and size of the task that has faced the Government in tackling the coronavirus crisis, or doubt that ministers have had the best of intentions in their response.
Keir Starmer’s election as Leader of the Labour Party has already seen a refreshing change in Labour in local government’s relationship with the party leadership.
With the coronavirus crisis continuing to expand, local government is once again proving its importance to the nation.
Our party is at a crossroads, and the result of the leadership election will determine whether Labour aspires to be a serious party of government again.
After our worst General Election result since 1935, it is natural that Labour should want to listen, learn, and reflect on what happened.