Local politics, local campaigns. Understanding how councils work and getting your voice heard.

Posted on 11/07/2022 by Ed Hammond.

This guide has been produced using funds from the JRSST Charitable Trust. It is part of a project being delivered by the Centre for Governance and Scrutiny, about rethinking how local decisions get made – and the changes that we might need to make in local democracy after the pandemic.

This guide is designed to help local people – those who think of themselves as “campaigners” and those who don’t – to understand better how decisions get made in local councils in England. (The way that local government works in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is different). This guide doesn’t cover decision-making on planning or licensing, or things like appeals to fixed
penalty notices.

About the Author: Ed Hammond

Ed leads CfGS's work on devolution, transformation and on support to councils and other public bodies on governance and accountability.