Bright upcoming councillors are being denied opportunities to support their local communities. There are too many one party councils.
Croydon is to join Hackney, Lewisham, Newham, and Tower Hamlets, in having this directly elected position.
The test of any Council is how they find a way through sudden and unexpected events. A calm approach is needed.
In several London boroughs, the number is due to rise. That will be costly and damaging to local democracy.
Smaller electoral areas with just one councillor each would make for less confusion, more accountability – and fewer one party states.
For many voters, local elections boil down to which party will provide the best possible services at the lowest possible cost.
More homes doesn’t have to mean huge tower blocks. We need property that people want to live in – we can do this by intelligently and sustainably developing spare council land.
Voluntary-aided status works both for Catholic schools and everyone else. Furthermore, lifting the cap from new institutions could have had unexpected consequences.