We are reducing our property portfolio by 40 per cent. Using technology and innovation has delivered savings. Greater use of partnerships has also saved money while delivering ease and convenience for the public.
£50 million of funding was announced this week for 13 councils to research “health inequalities”. The practical benefit has not been made clear.
The man who confronted the education blob, and championed Brexit, has become officialdom’s poodle. A document of 332 pages has little to say.
Children’s Home charges have become extortionate. Part of the answer is a big push to recruit more foster carers.
We continue our series, putting this year’s local elections under the magnifying glass to find changes and trends.
Improved educational provision is key. Increased use of boarding schools can offer a greater chance of stability.
To what degree should any council, even one of the biggest in the country, shoulder the effects of what is a national and international issue?
The issue deeply affects hundreds of thousands of people a year, across every constituency, every local authority, every city and town.
Many face being trapped there, due to the bias against adoption. The Ministerial failure to tackle this has been woeful.
Some welcome the extra power to put up Council Tax. But they are reluctant to use it when their residents are already hard-pressed.