Local government

Shoppers walk through the streets of Rotherham, South Yorkshire. Image: Nigel Roddis/Getty Images

To understand the causes of child abuse we need to look at its perpetrators’ backgrounds

27 August 2014 18:19

Day two of the Rotherham scandal—or rather the fallout from the latest report on it—and there’s a marked, obvious change…

An aerial view of housing in London. Image: Getty

Labour’s action on housing doesn’t match its rhetoric

18 August 2014 12:58

On the face of it, it’s a simple equation. In the north-London borough of Islington, there are almost 9,000 people…

Nigel Farage in Manchester Town Hall. Image: Getty

Why Ukip might not want power, even if it can win it

31 May 2014 10:00

It is ironic that Ukip – a party obsessed with a supranational institution – is mostly likely to gain its…

The Conservative Party Annual Conference

View from 22 Special: Grant Shapps interview

19 April 2014 10:00

listen to ‘Podcast special: Grant Shapps interview’ on Audioboo Conservative Party Chairman Grant Shapps is never off-message, knowingly or otherwise.…

Mr S could have been an Ukrainian egg decorator, but he didn't have the minimum PTTLS. (DANIEL MIHAILESCU/AFP/GettyImages)

Eggcellent openings in Westminster

2 April 2014 11:45

Westminster City Council is advertising the role (offered by the Westminster Adult Education Service) of tutor in ‘Ukrainian egg decoration’ –…

The New Term Begins For Students At Oxford University

How local government is threatening Oxford University’s competitiveness

25 March 2014 10:30

The press love a bit of Oxbridge competition, but Oxford is embroiled in a far older and more ruthless rivalry:…

Cyclists in London are at the mercy of local government authorities' confused plans.

Has local government in London left cycling in the wrong lane?

19 November 2013 10:42

A couple of months ago I wrote to the Crown Estate about its bike-unfriendly redevelopment of London’s Haymarket area, and…

The mosaic bees in Manchester's Town Hall that symbolise hard work and co-operation.

The clever councils keeping localism in vogue

4 October 2013 11:20

One of the problems with localism is that it sounds very grand and clever in opposition, and then turns out…

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Councils need to reform, not bemoan their lack of money

26 June 2013 15:05

We know that local government is looking at a 10% reduction in today’s Spending Review. So the traditional game played…

Eric Pickles. Illustration: Ian Tovey.

If Eric Pickles is cutting the town hall rich list, here are the Tories to talk to

10 May 2013 17:36

Eric Pickles is a driven man on a mission to slash spending and waste in local government. As the latest…

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Local elections 2013: in numbers

3 May 2013 18:53

335: total councillors lost by the Tories291: seats gained by Labour124: losses sustained by the Lib Dems139: seats gained by UKIP…


6 steps to out-fox local government’s Sir Humphreys

3 April 2013 14:32

Shortly after the 2010 general election I attended an event where mandarins complained of ‘swingeing cuts’. Then one NHS boss…

Community centre Botton village.

Council tax increases, but might councils spend more wisely?

1 April 2013 11:27

One development that IDS and George Osborne did not dwell upon in their Telegraph piece mentioned earlier was council tax,…

Nigel Farage made the case for leaving the EU. Image: Getty

Can you justify Rotherham Council?

24 November 2012 19:42

Remarkable story in today’s Daily Telegraph. A couple from Rotherham who fostered children have had the kids taken away from…

Peers have defeated the government on an amendment to the Local Government Finance Bill. Picture: Getty

Government defeated on ‘poll tax mark two’

22 October 2012 18:45

The government suffered an awkward defeat in the House of Lords this afternoon on its changes to council tax benefit.…

Star (pictured) wears a dickie bow and waddles alongside his owner Barrie Hayman raising money for sick youngsters Photo: SWNS

Life in Modern Britain: Charity Duck Edition - Spectator Blogs

27 September 2012 11:37

A typical tale of nitwittery from modern Britain. And this, of course, is one of the problems with localism: it…

Policy Exchange recommended selling expensive council homes to build new homes. In Southwark, the council is already doing this to raise money for refurbishment. Picture: Getty.

Why a Labour council is selling expensive housing stock

22 August 2012 13:00

The Policy Exchange report Ending Expensive Social Tenancies has predictably provoked a renewed debate about council housing and the value…

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Why I’m backing my local free school

17 July 2012 9:30

Last night I attended a public meeting to discuss the successful bid by parents in north London to set up…

Conservative Party Conference Focuses On The Economy

Helping troubled families

11 June 2012 19:15

Earlier today, the government, in the form of Eric Pickles, announced that it was launching new incentives to encourage local councils to…


Gove takes on private school dominance and trade union opposition

10 May 2012 17:59

The Education Secretary gave a very pugnacious speech this morning on the need to improve the country’s state schools. ‘It…

Cameron’s Municipal Failure: All Hat and No Cattle

4 May 2012 11:59

The first-time visitor to Manchester cannot fail to be struck by the grandeur of its Victorian civic buildings. The Town…


The contests that really matter today

3 May 2012 13:36

For the long-term future of Britain, perhaps, the most important contests today are the mayoral referendums in 11 of Britain’s…


The resistance to elected mayors shows how badly they’re needed

12 April 2012 16:15

The old political establishment in the cities is fighting back against the idea of city mayors. They know that a…


Byrne for Birmingham?

29 March 2012 18:14

Ed Miliband’s shadow cabinet could soon lack a Liam Byrne. The shadow work and pensions secretary is expected to announce…


Gove versus the ‘enemies of promise’

4 January 2012 11:20

Michael Gove has never been timid in confronting the education bureaucracy, but his attack on them today is particularly —…