Failing inspection reports on two occasions and losing 90 per cent of SEND cases taken to tribunal are worrying signs.
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Yet more triumphs for clusters of independents. Essex Man may have lost enthusiasm for the Conservative Party but not for Conservative principles.
Brexit and the leadership contest have reduced clarity on council finances. But the pressure to find savings is likely to continue.
It will take time to rebuild confidence in what has become a very disappointed and sceptical electorate.
We must take responsibility for public safety – to protect people, homes, businesses, and schools.
A more collaborative approach with the districts over planning approval could avoid unnecessary complexity and delay.
Huge funds are handed over to prestige schemes in the capital. But modest funds for projects elsewhere would provide better value.
The people of Suffolk are not “nimbies”. But ignoring concerns about traffic congestion and ugliness achieves nothing.
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.
Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is officially the worst mental health provider in the country. Proper scrutiny and accountability is needed.
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.
Here is one firm’s account of how unnecessary costs and delay in the planning system holds them back. Timescales promised by councils are not honoured.
Labour’s Regional Development Agencies were a failure. But the successor bodies are proving much more effective.
It has virtually zero business rates for small firms. The planning system is less skewed towards shopping centres and retail parks.
There is a lack of proper financial management or scrutiny – while second home owners can dodge paying Council Tax by registering properties as holiday lets.