I think this is a great article based on an interview given to Martin Reeves. I think I would agree with all the points made. The three that stand out the most are the hollowing out of our democracy in the long winter of austerity, using the wrong funding mechanisms such as business rates and the sector not speaking as one voice.
I wonder if we are inadvertently creating a opportunity for populism and extremism to grow , not overnight but insidiously over a period of time,
The sector’s response to the financial crisis facing councils has “not been as strong as it should’ve been”, according to Martin Reeves in his first official interview since becoming finance lead for the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives & Senior Managers. Mr Reeves said local government’s disparate groups need to have some “really tough, mature conversations” about the way the sector should be financed in the future, and have those sooner rather than later