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Meirion Jenkins: Birmingham is the largest metropolitan authority in Europe – and one of the worst-run.
The structure and management of the council needs total reform. I would reduce the current 101 councillors to around 30.
Judy Terry: Councillors are still too passive in allowing costly procurement and infrastructure projects
There remains a culture in much of the public sector that no-one will ever be held to account for wasting money on unworkable vanity projects.
The Conservatives are the natural political home for those who value national identity and are open to the world.
It contained a number of positive announcements. The New Homes Bonus is particularly significant for shire districts.
Damian White: An independent report has found that four of the five most efficient councils in England are Conservative
In Havering, we have saved £79 million over the past four years. Yet we have improved the lives of the people we serve.
Judy Terry: While the state is failing, the voluntary sector is tackling the loneliness and anxiety – of young and old
Many if Suffolk are left isolated by poor transport. Charities are effective at helping, where councils and the NHS have struggled.
My experience in Ely has shown me that it can be done – with tenacity, optimism and the broadest possible local backing.
For councils – unlike others in the public sector – austerity has been real. It is ending. But planning powers are being diminished.
Labour-run councils in Cardiff, Newport, and Neath Port Talbot see extra funding – while others have cuts imposed.
More statutory activities are being forced on local authorities – without the extra money to pay for them.
£21.6 million has been spent on new equipment, software and consultants. Yet residents have had to spend hours trying to navigate the council’s website or waiting to be connected to the call-centre
There is a strong case for a larger proportion of the recently announced NHS money to be invested into preventative services.
They can serve as living proof that politicians are public-spirited individuals who wish to drive positive change for their communities.
Tourism is thriving but while the city looks forward, the council is stuck in the past – failing to manage its finances properly.