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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 Telegraph

Raise council tax to fix policing, says think tank

The Telegraph discusses Onward's Back to Basics report that urged the Government to scrap the current £13 cap on council tax increases to allow local authorities to support further policing.

The Yorkshire Post

Raise taxes by 45p a week to fund thousands of community police, think tank urges

The Yorkshire Post covered Onward's Back to Basics plan to rebuild local policing across England and Wales.

Daily Mail

Home Secretary welcomes the idea of an extra 19,000 bobbies on the beat to restore neighbourhood policing

Onward's report 'Back to Basics' is highlighted in a Daily Mail article on restoring neighbourhood policing.

City AM

Onward's Deputy Director Adam Hawksbee discusses parental responsibility in CityAM.

City AM

Senior Researcher Jenevieve Treadwell discusses why immigration will be a problem for both the Conservatives and Labour in the upcoming election in City AM.