Providing security, insurance, maintenance and renovation of these vacant properties costs £74 million a year. Many could be converted into housing.
Spending cuts have caused a spirit of innovaton and cultural change in our town halls.
Buck-passing between different authorities results in poor outcomes for residents and kickback from voters.
Counties are the most exposed to financial pressures, but the least resourced to deal with them. Rural residents are getting a raw deal.
Brexit and the leadership contest have reduced clarity on council finances. But the pressure to find savings is likely to continue.
We need a positive alternative to encourage enterprise. That must include lower Business Rates and ending perverse planning rules.
He has splurged £400,000 on a beach party in Newham and £10 million on a test which enables Met Police officers to determine the ‘colour’ of their personality.
Local issues matter. We are delivering good schools, housing and local services while achieving value for money.
Conservatives are offering a positive alternative. We can be a strong and effective voice for every Wulfrunian.
We have recently awarded a new waste contract which will deliver £6 million of savings over ten years versus the previous contract.
We want to generate income, to help pay for local services – and drive economic growth, to create jobs and homes where people want them.
The threshold for public procurement misses the point that purchasing power greatly varies. A fair price in one country may seem very expensive to others.
We need to lobby the Government for reassurances about our local authority funding; and that it must match current EU structural payments.
It is incumbent on all of us to spend less time moaning, and more time putting out energy into where we can get the best return on our limited resources.
Without a boost to infrastructure and local services, it will not be possible to increase the housing supply.