Local government

Why does no-one know what British wild flowers look like? And why it matters

2 July 2019 14:58

About this time of year, two sorts of pictures end up doing the rounds on social media. The first is…

How councils in crisis could open up an important Tory leadership battleground

29 May 2019 17:21

One of the issues that should crop up in this Tory leadership contest is local government funding. True, it’s not…

Whose fault is the local government funding crisis?

8 February 2018 14:59

Local government appears to be on its knees, and it’s not the usual suspects of authorities run by opposition parties…

Greg Clark understands the effect that creeping urbanisation will have on public services. Picture: Getty

Tory whips jittery about local government finance rebellion

8 February 2016 14:42

Communities Secretary Greg Clark is giving a statement this afternoon in the Commons on local government finance. This sounds like…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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’ –…

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:…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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.…

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…