The Localism Bill: gloves off for Report and 3rd Reading
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 [...]
*CLG Top-Down Dictat Alert*
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 [...]
Come back ‘non-jobs’, we need your expertise afterall!
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 [...]
Pickles’ war on rubbish ctd…
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’s £400,000 for BigSoc Vanguards
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 [...]
Newlove to advise on neighbourhood crime
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 [...]