What a hung parliament means for local government

Andy Sawford, chief executive of the Local Government Information Unit, recently spoke to TweetyHall – a site dedicated to helping residents and local politicians come together through social media – about what a hung parliament means for local government in terms of powers, funding and a localist agenda. He also looks at what MPs might […]

Final debate round-up

Image by bixentro via Flickr So there we are, that was the Live TV Leaders Debates. Over the three weeks we have seen a lot of hype and hot air, especially from ‘spin alley’ but the real legacy will be how Nick Clegg’s perfomance, particularly in the first two debates, catapulted his party from the […]

The final 2010 Leaders’ Debate

Well here we are with one week to go until the big day. As Harold wilson said ‘a week is a long time in politics’, and it will seem longer for some, but tonight fortunes can change. We may not like it, but the debates have had a huge influence, if not on the electorate, […]

Bright road ahead for transport?

Despite the vast majority of us using transport of one form or another everyday it has not really been on the radar in the build-up to the election. All three main parties have committed to maintaining some kind of transport infrastructure fund. Labour say they will fund £1bn of this with asset sales, the Tories […]

Last chance to register to vote!

Image via Wikipedia It’s been in the back of my mind since I moved house, but with sorting out the utilities, furniture, decorating and everything else registering to vote didn’t seem like a priority, but now here we are and the deadline to be allowed to vote in the upcoming general election is tomorrow. As […]

Are you local?

Following the launch of the Labour and Tory manifestos one thing it seems both agree on is giving more ‘power to the people’, but what does that actually mean? According to the Guardian’s data blog the actual word ‘local’ appeared a similar number of times in both parties’ documents, although slightly more in Labour’s. The […]

Who will help NEETs and how?

Each quarter the DCSF publishes statistics on the amount of young people (16-24 year olds) not in education, employment or training, known in the media NEETs. Obviously reducing the percentage of young people in this bracket is an honourable aim (it is the most popular national indicator chosen by councils to attain) and one sought […]

Who will say ‘I do’ to marriage tax breaks?

Today sees the Tories announce tax breaks for married couples (including civil partnerships), allowing non-working partners to transfer their tax-free allowance to their spouse. Worth up to £150 a year (just under £3 a week) for around 4 million couples, the scheme will cost some £550m and is to be funded by a levy on […]