December 2010 | Davy Jones Consultancy
14 Dec 2010
Localism or passing the blame?

This Government, like many before it, is good at blaming everyone else for the nation’s troubles. But it has also developed a cynical new technique: invent a reactionary policy, then under the guise of localism, make local councils responsible for implementing it. I have spent a lot of time in the last few months working with councils who are struggling to implement grim cuts in council tax benefits caused quite deliberately as a matter of policy by the Government. Up...

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14 Dec 2010
Localism and cuts

So, the Localism Bill has finally appeared – and along with it a new financial settlement for local government. The Localism Bill is a disappointment True, it includes the promise of a general power of competence for councils to bring us into line with most other European countries. But that is heavily qualified by a reserve power for the Secretary of State to overrule it as (s)he sees fit. True, it includes greater powers for citizens to initiate referenda –...

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