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Take back control? Not until we reign in bullying councils and reinstate local parishes

City AM

Will Tanner, Director of Onward, wrote for City AM about our latest report, “Double Devo“.

He writes:

“You probably haven’t heard of Queen’s Park in Westminster but it has a unique claim to fame: it is the only neighbourhood in London that governs its own affairs. In 2014, after three years of bitter political battles, local people wrestled a modicum of control from the borough, Westminster City Council by establishing Queen’s Park Community Council.

“It oversees local issues in the same way parish and town councils have done in rural areas for hundreds of years. It is a rare example of how to level up neglected places and revive local democracy.”

Read the full article here.

Double Devo: Extending Town and Parish Councils

The case for empowering neighbourhoods as well as regions

The Times

Onward's Head of Energy and Climate, Ed Birkett, for The Times, writes that "The new government will have to act decisively and take steps it previously thought unthinkable".

The Financial Times

Will Tanner, Director of Onward, wrote for the FT on how Britain’s Conservatives will not be immune from discontented young people moving to the authoritarian right.