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A call to action

At last we have a ministerial statement about regeneration – the shortest in 30 years but none the worse for that. Grant Shapps and Andrew Stunnell were in Salford today and have been explaining how the Coalition’s policies create a framework for action. Jackie Sadek, our Chief Executive at UK Regeneration, has welcomed the stateement: […]

The suburban impresario

The problem with accountability is that it needs to be more than just a system, a set of processes, a rulebook. It needs to be a state of mind. If we are to entrust accountability to a contract – legal or social – we would do well to think carefully about what it is we […]

Real accountability for executive action

In my last piece I promised to offer some thoughts on how a proper system of accountability might be developed in the context of the Big Society, or at least the localism agenda, so I I’d better get on with it. The principles I will address apply everywhere, but they are especially important in suburbs […]