The Art of Good Governance

The Political Skills Forum is part of the growing recognition of the vital contribution that effective political leadership can make to continuing improvement of public services and to enhancing the community leadership role of local authorities.

Is number up for old timers?

The Councillors’ Commission set out to address problems with the imbalance of elderly, male and white members occupying council seats. Paul Wheeler asks how it has fared

A Letter to Gordon Brown

An open letter to the prime minister with a wish list for local government.

How to bring on the best

As the Councillors Commission, set up to find ways of attracting younger and more diverse members, holds its first full meeting, Paul Wheeler writes an open letter to its chair, Dame Jane Roberts.

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Political Recruitment

A report which examines how political parties select candidates, looks at how other areas of civic society identify local talent to serve in local governance roles and highlights examples of good practice in encouraging a wider range of the local population to become councillors.

An Open Letter to Newly Elected Councillors

Congratulations on your election. After weeks of canvassing and campaigning it must be good to know it’s all paid off. If you are also part of a winning group taking power for the first time then the taste of victory must be particularly sweet.