Mark Twain attributes the following to Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli: "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." Politicians across the world have followed this maxim - with particular use of obfuscation and statistical manipulation - as often as possible and arguably making it into an art form. There have been many examples through time … Continue reading Lies, Statistics, and Local Authorities
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(This is a guest blog by Atia Lokhat-Hafezjee) UK unlikely to reach target to resettle 20,000 refugees In 2015, then-Prime Minister David Cameron announced that his Government was committed to resettling 20,000 refugees from Syria by 2020. However, the Government has since reported that this target may not be reached unless more local authorities contribute … Continue reading How Landlords can help in the Refugee Crisis
Thursday 5th May – the first electoral test for Cameron and Corbyn following 363 days of the first Conservative majority government since the ‘90s. While the elections taking place are local in nature, recent polling of our members has thrown up some interesting results when compared with one carried out prior to the general election … Continue reading Does anybody want the landlord vote?
Gavin Dick, NLA Local Authority Policy Officer on the significant challenges that face local councils over the next five years. Councils face a simple choice in working with the private rented sector: treat it as a constructive partner or look on it as an adversary - and risk alienation in the extreme. While the replacement … Continue reading Local government – their 5 year mission
Rebecca Lambert Neu, on her brief time temping in the NLA’s Policy Office… Who knew local council websites could be so frustrating? After spending a day and a half with the Policy Team at the NLA I could happily testify in a court of law to this fact. I arrived at the NLA with a … Continue reading Local council websites and the chamber of secrets