The council leader makes Brent sound the most depressing place on earth to live.
A switch to unitary authorities would improve accountability.
Licensing skews the inspections effort towards the good landlords – while the criminal element is ignored.
Localism must mean greater tax raising powers for councils.
Over £3 billion is spent on nannying and bureaucracy. Does it make our children thinner? Or stop us from smoking?
The Conservatives gained a seat from Labour in Ashford, a seat from UKIP in Norfolk and a seat from the Lib Dems in Surrey.
Cllr David Hodge: For councils the well of efficiencies is drying up while the pressures on us continue to rise
No stone has been left unturned in the search for savings but demand in the social care system spirals.
Cllr Jim McMahon has argued there was “no alternative” to a Council Tax rise.
The final choice will be between Cllr Stephen Mold and Cllr Andre Gonzalez De Savage
Bureaucratic burdens mean that at present there is a poor service – at a high cost.
Councillors benefit from free trips and special European allowances.
The Green Party gained a seat from Labour in Dorset.
The Labour council’s planning delays make it harder to fix the mistakes of the 1960s.
£21 million a year is spent on debt interest while surplus assets are retained.
Jo Gideon, Matthew Scott, Gavin McKinnon and Richard Bunting are in the running.