They duplicate much of the consumer champion work done by the Patients Association.
Posts by Judy Terry
Judy Terry is a journalist and marketing professional. She was a Suffolk councillor for 10 years, four of which on the County as Cabinet member for Economic Development, and 10 on Ipswich Borough Council, where she transformed cultural services. She stood down in May this year.
Councils could encourage more schools to specialise and give more children in care the chance to attend boarding schools.
Only six per cent of land is built on. Yet the planning system is still blocking perfectly reasonable development proposals.
Councils should do more to promote marine tourism. Partnership deals could also improve the environment and public health.
Little was achieved beyond inter-authority squabbling over priorities and endless consultants’ reports. The Local Enterprise Partnerships are much better.
Vulnerable customers need to be safeguarded. Regular sessions using price comparison sites in local libraries would help.
Councils, schools, and the police need to work together.
It also boosts community spirit among adults.
Judy Terry: The arrogance of planning officers is blocking the chance of the new homes being built that we need
Endless housing conferences organised by the public sector have been held without a single developer or industry representative being invited to speak.
Last year a council Chief Executive received an eight per cent rise, taking her salary to £170,000 – whilst most of her staff were stuck with the basic one per cent
Attacks on the Prime Minister were unfair and unreasonable – the local authority was the lead.
MPs need to work better at sharing intelligence about local concerns. We can win with a message of hope.
Take the time to create an accurate specification – millions can be wasted on late changes.
Many fee-paying schools already offer scholarships and are sponsoring academies.
Community Land Trusts and other schemes are making a positive difference around the country.