Extolling the virtues of the Localism Act might not be a big vote winner of the doorstep – but the many achievements it has made possible are having an impact.
In the third piece in our three-part mini-series, the Thirsk and Malton MP explores how the North East might help the One Yorkshire dream to come true.
While sales to private developers might bring immediate capital receipts the long term value of amenities must also be considered. A partnership approach is needed.
Polling shows that a majority want important decisions to be taken locally, but very few believe this to be the case today.
We must seize the opportunities to provide services in a more efficient way – cutting the long delays on public procurement is an obvious example.
We are fighting against centralising power in Edinburgh. Glaswegians want more jobs and growth – and a cleaner, greener City.
Greater localism is to be welcomed – but we must beware of extremists seeking new town councils as a chance to grab power.
Small firms have had to struggle due to bureaucratic inertia by some councils. At least the culprits have been identified.
It would be the logical next step after taking back control from Brussels. And it would pull the rug from under Corbyn’s feet.
They duplicate much of the consumer champion work done by the Patients Association.
More focus is needed on early intervention. It is logical to focus on managing more complex needs in a community setting and stopping people from entering hospital in the first place.
Too often the opportunity for new homes that are popular and beautiful is being missed.
Little was achieved beyond inter-authority squabbling over priorities and endless consultants’ reports. The Local Enterprise Partnerships are much better.
We need liberal – not closed – local communities where empowered, innovative and tolerant individuals can bring positive change.
A hopelessly centralised system is now holding back the delivery of care that is tailored to individual needs.