Local Government

“We all like to be beside the seaside…” or do we?

Kevin Davis, Managing Partner, Local Government, argues that we should embrace the Victorian view of the seaside towns as places where government should offer incentives to generate investment. The English seaside was effectively destroyed as a destination for holidays with the emergence of package holidays and cheap flights in the 1970s. Successive governments have fought …

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Local Elections Analysis 2019: The Day of the Livids?

The Results Last Thursday (2 May) saw local elections take place across large swathes of the UK. The contests were seen as a significant test of public opinion for both the Government and the Labour Party, with Brexit (or lack thereof) likely to play a major role in the outcome. It looks like voters livid …

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Directly elected mayors: A resurgent model for local government reform?

Last week, senior Tory MP Greg Hands announced his bid for the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham to change its model of local government. Mr Hands wants a directly elected executive mayor for his patch. If his campaign secures 5% of registered electors a local referendum will be triggered to establish an executive mayor. …

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Boundary Reviews: The political landscape of London is changing, but by how much?

There’s something very significant going on in London at the moment that most people have never even heard of. During 2019/20, sixteen of London’s boroughs are set to go through a review of their councillor ward boundaries. Since July last year nine others have undergone reviews, the remaining seven have had reviews in the last …

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Nudge Foundation: Why I’m giving something back to Croydon

By Az Chowdhury Croydon is my home. It is where I live and it’s the community I was brought up in. I was also educated nearby and I really could not think of anywhere better to have started my business, Nudge Factory. Because I believe in the simple principle that charity begins at home, myself …

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Boroughs as Builders: Is council-led house building the future for London?

In July , the think-tank Centre for London released a new report – Borough Builders: Delivering more housing across London. Specifically, they looked into the potential of council-led housebuilding in tackling the housing crisis, with the added benefit of delivering a percentage of housing needed, as set out in the New London Plan. The main …

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Conservative Mayoral Candidates: Three horse race!

The Tories are still recovering from the bruising of their defeat at the last round of elections for Mayor of London and the London Assembly in 2016. Sadiq Khan’s victory, coupled with allegations of a negative campaign from Zac Goldsmith, has left a bitter taste. That aside, critics of Khan have said he’s achieved little …

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Green, Pleasant and Affordable: Achievable?

Today has seen the publication of two more significant contributions to the ongoing and vociferous debate on housing policy The wide-ranging policy paper The first is an inaugural policy paper – Green, Pleasant and Affordable – from the newly formed Conservative Think Tank, Onwards. Written by Neil O’Brien MP, a former Special Advisor at both …

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