The third in a series of pieces on ConHome this week, looking forward to the elections this spring.
Posts Tagged: County Councils
Working closer together is laudable. But the NHS could never replicate councils, with their links across the community.
Gerard Dugdill: Anger persists over the loss of our traditional counties. Proper names and boundaries must be restored.
You wouldn’t want your name to be changed against your will, and nobody voted for their history to be rewritten by bureaucrats.
Local identities matter. Rather than abolishing small local authorities, more power should be handed down to them.
Instead of the current patchwork system, a new more effective form of local governance is necessary to unlock regional growth.
As county areas are so diverse, with differing areas having particular needs, strengths, and weaknesses, a one-size-fits-all approach will not work
People feel very passionate about their towns. They do not get so excited about their County.
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.
A more collaborative approach with the districts over planning approval could avoid unnecessary complexity and delay.
We should look to Asia for a practical and cost-effective way to give rough sleepers a permanent address and bed for the night.
At PMQs, the Prime Minister pointed to a street on the border of Lambeth and Wandsworth, where the Labour-run side pays far higher council tax.
A switch to unitary authorities would save money and avoid confusion over the responsibility for different services.
Brexit, housing, public sector pay, education, and industrial strategy should be the the stars by which ministers set a course for victory in 2022.
The Government has heard the message, and is dropping the mayoral requirement for rural counties seeking increased devolved power.