Fresh figures have emerged as to scale of public spending across different council areas as the government’s Total Place programme begins to bear fruit.
Council chiefs paid as much as £240,000 a year face the axe under a Conservative government, after a senior Tory said the position of council chief executive should be abolished.
The final list of themes for each of the 13 Total Place pilots has been confirmed by the Departure for Communities & Local Government. The 13 will examine the totality of public spending in a range of different service areas with a view to cutting duplication, saving money and improving service delivery.
Communities secretary John Denham is set to repeat his desire to see councils empowered to play a leading role in the fight against climate change.
A paper from the excellent Localis think tank Giving the Green Light: Policy Ideas for a Model Environmentally Sustainable Council includes a section on staff travel. Instead of fleet cars it suggests car sharing. Also more working from home. It suggests phasing in green vehicles over time.
Combined Heat and Power (CHP) capacity should be extended, as this could potentially provide as
much power as the new range of nuclear reactors combined, says a new report from Localis, the
local government and localist think tank.
Moves towards unitary local government in three county areas could be delayed after a judicial review came down in favour of three Suffolk district councils. The review concluded that the BCE should have consulted on further alternatives.
Quiet communities have become angered by a Government which won’t even listen, still less give them a say. Local services have been withdrawn, rural communities have been denied a voice, and power has been taken away from local people.
Under the Conservative plans, the viability of post offices would be judged against new guidelines including determining whether they offer a social service to the elderly and young families.
The new policy is part of a range of measures they will unveil as part of a strategy to deal with what they say is Labour’s “decade of disrespect” towards the countryside.
In a recent letter to colleagues, Bob Neill reasserted the Conservative Party position on unitary local government. Neill was clear that they would not be supporting any further expansion of Unitaries.