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Russian forces put Ukrainian local democracy under the hammer

Responding to the evidence of abduction and murder of Ukrainian mayors and local democracy activists, a group of UK mayors and councillors have issued an appeal for solidarity. Don Flynn reports

Missionaries with no new money

Jamie Driscoll calls out the Tories' levelling up proposals

Building the Labour vote in hard-to-win areas: why we need more Labour councillors

A commitment to PR coupled with a revived activist base in local government would help convince voters they can make a difference, says Karen Constantine

Battered and vital

Ralph Berry on how the Covid pandemic has revealed the value of local partnerships

Rebuilding for biodiversity

In Buxton, Mark Cocker spoke to local councillors Madeline Hall, Rachael Quinn and Keith Savage about how we rethink the future of brownfield redevelopment

Bristol One City

Can local leadership advance post Covid-19 social justice? Marvin Rees and Robin Hambleton draw lessons from the experiences of local people delivering the Bristol One City Approach

On yer bike!

Puru Miah looks at low traffic neighbourhoods, questions bike-induced road closures and sees a new "tale of two cities" in London

For a progressive English regionalism

Paul Salveson makes the case for a complete overhaul of UK government structures to rebalance power and decision-making currently dominated by London and the South

The great Covid-19 swindle

Tom Miller says austerity continues for councils

Power to the people?

Duncan Bowie asks what power and what people in a discussion of devolution, spatial equity and socialism

Local government on the brink

Duncan Bowie explains how eight years of an austerity straitjacket has pushed many councils to the verge of collapse. But does Labour have an...