Author Archives: Nick Barlow

Eric Pickles’ 50 money-saving ideas show that he has no idea about local government

Wedenesday saw the announcement of the local government funding settlement for 2013-14. As expected, councils across England will be facing even more cuts in their already-stretched budgets, and wondering just how they continue to deliver services in the face of ever-widening budget gaps. (See here or here for examples of how a funding squeeze and rising costs are impacting councils)

Of course, local government should be glad that we have a Secretary of State who understands the issues affecting the sector and is prepared to fight its cause in Whitehall while puncturing some of the myths that are propagated …

Posted in Local government and Op-eds | Tagged and | 10 Comments
Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarNick Collins 29th Nov - 9:17am
    " An excellent DPM"? Compared with whom: Willie Whitelaw; John Prescott? DPM is pretty much a non-job, is it not?
  • User AvatarJohnTilley 29th Nov - 9:06am
    Roland 28th Nov '14 - 9:31pm Yes, I think we share the same outlook on these things. Government and building industry attitudes need to change....
  • User AvatarScott Rennie 29th Nov - 8:32am
    Some months ago I argued on here that part of the message from Scots is that not only do we need more devolution but that...
  • User AvatarAmalric 29th Nov - 3:27am
    @ Richard Dean The immigrants have money to spend here because they are mostly in work. If there were 3.2 million more children in the...
  • User AvatarAmalric 29th Nov - 2:30am
    It is very disappointing to see that 49% of the party is satisfied with Nick Clegg as leader and 56% say the party is on...
  • User AvatarAmalric 29th Nov - 1:46am
    The government has been informed that in England (only) there are 1.8 million households on the local authority waiting lists. It was expected that in...