It is not merely money that is wasted. It is spending which diminishes the amount of scrutiny that might otherwise occur.
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In Pembrokeshire there may be an increase of 12.5 per cent – breaking the Welsh Government’s “informal” five per cent cap.
The Conservatives held county council seats in Kent and Lancashire and district council seats in Thanet and Wyre,
There is enough land for over half a million homes on derelict sites – while the health service regularly complains of a shortage of funds.
The Conservatives lost a seat to Labour in Hertsmere.
There is plenty of innovation taking place. There should not be an ideological veto preventing it from flourishing.
Urban form also matters if the housing supply is to be increased in a way that is popular. A good community relies on the way buildings connect to each other.
The difficulty is that social workers will be given a veto. Therefore very few children will be given this opportunity.
The Homelessness Reduction Act comes into force in April. But councils should use their public health budgets to provide specialist help to those who need it.
Sir Graham Brady, Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Dame Cheryl Gillan, and Sir Chris Chope gain well deserved recognition.
The lacklustre General Election campaign was consigned to second place. Donald Trump’s inauguration was a distant third.
This is the way to regenerate high streets and boost the supply of affordable housing. Yet planning policies are still too obstructive.
This weakening of local accountability makes it all the more important for Conservatives to offer voters a clear alternative.
There are also questions for the Department of Transport about funding schemes that have led to more accidents.
The Conservatives gained a seat from Labour in Newcastle-under-Lyme but lost a seat to an independent in Torridge and the Lib Dems in Waverley.