Some thoughts from councillors on virtual committees.

“I broke the rules and went for a pee”. We have been speaking with councillors about virtual committees. Here are five takeaways: “The first vote counts”.At old fashioned analogue committees, eyes of members frequently fall on one or two influential councillors when it’s time to vote. Many other members follow their example. That’s harder now.… Continue reading Some thoughts from councillors on virtual committees.

New Shadow for MHCLG

Steve Reed is the new Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary in Keir Starmer’s shadow cabinet, and shows that Starmer intends to take local government seriously. Reed was leader of Lambeth borough council for six years and sorted out the infamously poorly run council administration, leading a thoroughly pro-development authority.  Reed is from St Albans and studied English at… Continue reading New Shadow for MHCLG

Where next for town centres?

The landslide victory for the Conservatives was underpinned by winning many deprived towns across the country, which has placed high street regeneration high on the political agenda. Housing Secretary Jenrick yesterday put some meat on the bones confirming the government is keen on a housing-led regeneration of our high-streets. From Redcar to Bridgend the Conservatives… Continue reading Where next for town centres?

Planning for the Future

The Secretary of State for Housing and Planning has, this morning, made a major statement in the House of Commons.  Redeveloping a vacant building with new residential developments may become a permitted development right, according to proposals from Secretary of State Robert Jenrick this morning. He stated that the right would apply to vacant commercial,… Continue reading Planning for the Future

Manifestos de-briefed

The parties have now launched their manifestos.  How do they compare? The popular pastime of dismissing party manifestos as dull, little-read documents that say nothing very useful and never affect the result took a big knock in the last election, when social care funding proposals on pages 64-66 of the Conservatives’ document totally derailed the… Continue reading Manifestos de-briefed