Like Ridley in the 1980s, the Secretary of State can brute-force his way past the NIMBY’s blocking tactics by granting appeals.
The levelling up agenda depends upon nation-wide digital inclusivity. If we give up on this, we will be trying to deliver it with one hand held behind our back.
We must continue to devolve power to council taxpayers themselves – building on the legacy of the abolition of the Audit Commission.
Most said they had enough money. There was praise for Local Government Ministers – but exasperation with the Government overall.
We should be asking ourselves what we want from local government in the future, particularly in light of the Covid-19 crisis.
We could reduce or waive fees for applications that relate to business development. Virtual meetings can reduce delays.
I am grateful to the Government for responding to our financial concerns. It’s meant that help has reached those who need it most.
With Council Tax continuing to rise, these companies should be required to provide detailed Annual Reports, which identify directors and any payments they receive.
Business Rates and the planning system contribute to the problem of boarded-up shops in so many of our towns.
When we work with central government, we improve lives and achieve the best results for our communities.
Listen to Johnson for any length of time and it becomes clear that his time as Mayor of London has had a profound impact on his politics.
Fewer children are going into care. Crime is reduced. The taxpayer is saving money. The Government was right to defy the critics of this initiative.
Embracing technology can include smart bins to improve waste collection and electric vehicles to reduce running costs and improve air quality.
It contained a number of positive announcements. The New Homes Bonus is particularly significant for shire districts.
Local authorities are still waiting until people are actually homeless before offering assistance. This is expensive and has an unnecessary impact on vulnerable people.