There was a really good vibe at Party Conference – especially at lots of outstanding fringe events discussing how to give local communities greater powers.
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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.
Gary Porter: The local elections weren’t just about Brexit. Hostility to new housing was a big factor.
The Government has committed to building 300,000 new homes by the mid-2020s. But we need to deliver this with public consent.
It contained a number of positive announcements. The New Homes Bonus is particularly significant for shire districts.
More than one in four councils was subject to a serious security breach in the last five years. Given the sensitive nature of the information held, security needs to be improved.
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.
Digital is changing the way we live our lives. Councils can’t keep up unless the younger generation are part of the decision making process.
Demands for billions of pounds for extra adult social care spending lack credibility given the continued profligate spending in our town halls.
On Brexit, housing and social care there is constructive dialogue and partnership with Ministers. It is delivering results.
It is not a fix-all, but I hope its measures will produce a real improvement in the number of people who become homeless in the first place.
Councils sharing space with job centres is an example. It means an improved service – and releases buildings which can be sold to reduce debt and provide new homes.
We must seize the opportunities to provide services in a more efficient way – cutting the long delays on public procurement is an obvious example.
The full text of the Communities and Local Government Secretary’s speech to the LGA today.
The Government has not reintroduced the Bill that would implement its commitment to the localisation of business rates by 2020.