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Posts Tagged: Council finances
Labour MPs voted against the local government finance settlement. They would also scrap Ofsted, increase taxes, and delay Brexit.
It is rural England that forms the bedrock of Conservatism. But we must not take its support for granted.
Residents want low taxes and regular bin collections, not big PR budgets and regular spin.
We made savings which allowed us to create news teams. These work with all schools to spread tested practices to support good mental wellbeing.
An independent report has found that endless promises in City Hall are not backed up by action. 227 pledges on policing have proved completely meaningless.
An English Devolution Bill is needed to reignite the process of devolving widespread powers and funding to local areas across the whole country.
When we work with central government, we improve lives and achieve the best results for our communities.
Listen to Johnson for any length of time and it becomes clear that his time as Mayor of London has had a profound impact on his politics.
Jeremy Hutton: There are 6,047 empty council-owned commercial properties in the UK – what a shocking waste
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.
Nick Rushton: Councils’ funding gap must be faced by the new Prime Minister – or we risk suffering at the ballot box.
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.