How should local democracy work?
As a start, the competing parties at election time publish their manifestos with a broad vision of their intentions, some major specifics of what that vision would entail and a fair amount of detail. Putting aside for a moment the democratic deficit of the first-past-the-post system, the party that wins the election then attempts to fulfil its pledges.
Let us look at the Birmingham Labour manifesto of 2012 in that light. Firstly, it is entitled “With You” (!), and in the introduction, Albert Bore talks about how “older people have no certainty on future care provision”. Well that uncertainty has been removed; with the huge cuts to Adults and Communities since taking office, there is a certainty of much less provision for a growing community of needs. For an excellent overview of the destruction check out this presentation;
“There has been little progress…
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