Many householders are sent threatening letters for money owed by previous occupants. Local authorities are among the culprits.
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Tim Warren: In Bath and North East Somerset, the Conservatives are delivering for the young and the old
Our achievements include providing more school places and greater choice and independence for the elderly.
Ian McCord: Bay of Pigs, Challenger Space Shuttle, Northants County Council – groupthink destroyed them all
Too often local government lacks proper scrutiny. There is a closed-mindedness that ignores warnings and fails to consider long-term consequences.
Judy Terry: Next year will see the creation of West Suffolk Council – offering a better deal for residents
It will be a strong voice for an area with a growing population. Providing new housing and infrastructure is essential for it to thrive.
Talk of being “cut to the bone” is nonsense. Here are some challenges councillors should be making about unnecessary spending.
It is true that financial pressures will increase. But the scope for reform and innovation remains huge. Services do not need to be cut.
Demands for billions of pounds for extra adult social care spending lack credibility given the continued profligate spending in our town halls.
The cap for triggering referendums must now yield to popular consent to pay more in local charges to improve local services.
The council is making great strides with our health and voluntary sector partners. But the barriers to innovation imposed centrally must be lifted.
Far from being a loss to the community they are more often derelict buildings and surplus land which can be used for housing.
There is also a lesson for councillors – to challenge their officials in making lazy choices when bids are put in for contracts.
The local election campaign was started with an eight page magazine highlighting our achievements on local issues. This was delivered prior to election expenses kicking in.
We fought on local issues highlighting the improvements we are delivering. Labour complained about “austerity” – but failed to offer a coherent alternative.
Martin Tett: A single county-wide unitary council for Buckinghamshire would achieve the greatest savings
The public finds it hard to get excited about the structure of local government – they just want good quality, value for money, services delivered from accessible locations.
There is a lack of proper financial management or scrutiny – while second home owners can dodge paying Council Tax by registering properties as holiday lets.