It’s Report and Third Reading of the Localism Bill tomorrow (Tuesday) and Wednesday. This will be crunch time for both government and opposition amendments to be debated and voted on before the Bill goes to the Lords.
Labour will be attacking the government claiming its localism is a ‘sham’ and that the [...]
A sure-fire sign of government ministers trying to demonstrate action is to release a ten point plan on something or other (see also Dan Corry’s thoughtful piece for the MJ on public service reform white papers). Today’s bright new idea from CLG is to challenge local councils to reduce the [...]
Oh dear – Hugo Muir of the Guardian exposes an embarrassing plea from within CLG for ‘localities managers’ who have been moved on to come back and brief those left behind. It appears their ‘vast local knowledge and understanding’ is being missed. How many more times will we see this [...]
Eric Pickles’ obsession with rubbish collection continues with suggestions that the Localism Bill might be amended to tackle motorists who drop litter. The move is supported by the LGA who say that “it’s time to get tough on lazy, selfish people who toss rubbish from moving cars and expect other people to cover [...]
CLG has announced that £400,000 is to be spent on four areas as part of their Big Society vanguards. Despite Liverpool Council pulling out of the project last year amid complaints that cuts were hindering its ability to deliver the flagship policy, the Big Society remains a priority for Decentralisation Minister, Greg [...]
Baroness Newlove, whose husband Garry was murdered by a gang of teenagers, is to advise CLG on neighbourhood crime policy. Over recent years the responsibility for combating anti-social behaviour has fluctuated between the Home Office and CLG and this move could be a sign that Eland House is making a land grab for the [...]