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Nigel Slack

Active Citizen

The public should know all we can about the business of the decision makers that affect our lives, our wallet and our democracy. I'm what is known as an 'active citizen'. I'm non-party political and I'm about questioning politics, at a local level here in Sheffield and beyond.

A new Chief Executive for Sheffield

'Active citizen' Nigel Slack takes a look at the credentials of Sheffield’s newly-appointed Chief Executive – and the challenges she will face in the role.

Localcheck Co-operatives Pay Dividends

Richer Sounds in Broomhall has sold quality hi-fi equipment at cheap prices for years, with enthusiastic and knowledgeable service. Now aged…

It's Our City: A People's Petition

How does Sheffield City Council make decisions?That question usually gets you a range of answers: lots of different people talking in office…

Vanishing Democracy: Has Council lost touch with the people?

Is this how democracy in local government dies? For the last six years, I have been working to improve local transparency and decision maki…

Is this how democracy in local government dies?

For the last six years, I have been working to improve local transparency and decision maki

Devolution: Where Did It Go?

What has happened to the devolution deal for Sheffield City Region? The four main Metro Councils made a decision, at their meeting on 17 Jul…

What has happened to the devolution deal for Sheffield City Region? The four main Metro Councils made a decision, at their meeting on 17 Jul

General Election: Party Manifestos & Sheffield

With the General Election on the horizon, at the time of writing most of the party manifestos have been published and candidates should know…

With the General Election on the horizon, at the time of writing most of the party manifestos have been published and candidates should know

Devolution: Rough Seas Ahead?

From the moment devolution for the Sheffield City Region was announced, the agreement has been sailing on troubled waters. We're now heading…

From the moment devolution for the Sheffield City Region was announced, the agreement has been sailing on troubled waters. We're now heading

Local Elections: No Change – No Fairer, Yet

May's local elections have shown us one thing: tinkering at the edges of electoral reform is not the way to achieve fairer results or to eng…

May's local elections have shown us one thing: tinkering at the edges of electoral reform is not the way to achieve fairer results or to eng

Devolution Deal: Signed & Sealed?

Friday 18 March's full council meeting voted to ratify the so-called 'devolution' deal that first came out of its closet in October last yea…

Friday 18 March's full council meeting voted to ratify the so-called 'devolution' deal that first came out of its closet in October last yea

Devolution: Time for the Public's Voice to be Heard

Sheffield City Region is on the last lap of its dash to devolution started by the Scottish referendum. The deal is done, though until voted…

Sheffield City Region is on the last lap of its dash to devolution started by the Scottish referendum.

The deal is done, though until voted

Retail Quarter: Shopping Heaven or Hell?

We all know the heart of the city has been a sad sight for years now. Plans for regeneration came crashing down with the financial crisis of…

We all know the heart of the city has been a sad sight for years now. Plans for regeneration came crashing down with the financial crisis of

Devolution: Lost Cause?

Before the election, hopes for the devolution debate were high. Most of the parties agreed the ability of local councils to deliver essentia…

Before the election, hopes for the devolution debate were high. Most of the parties agreed the ability of local councils to deliver essentia

Devolution: MPs, Mayors and the PCC

The Scottish referendum has left England with a problem. We want some of what they have. Local devolution for England has become the politic…

The Scottish referendum has left England with a problem. We want some of what they have. Local devolution for England has become the politic

Webcasting: Tranparent government in action?

Council meetings are the places where the decisions about how our city is run are made – whether it is how money is spent, how often our bin…

Council meetings are the places where the decisions about how our city is run are made – whether it is how money is spent, how often our bin

Outsourcing: Public Services, Private Profits

Like most people, until recently I had little idea about the number of Sheffield's public services that were being delivered by private comp…

Like most people, until recently I had little idea about the number of Sheffield's public services that were being delivered by private comp