Localism Bill Workshop

Yesterday I went to a very interesting workshop on the Localism Bill and what it means in practice, at LGA House, Smith Square, London. LGA House is the old TUC building and the Bevan Hall is the room where the main meetings took place and is where we met yesterday, whenever I sit in it I always imagine the room full of cigarette smoke and Socialists plotting against the Tories who’s old offices are less that 50 yards away; as a kid I used to imagine the two hot beds of the left and the right being miles apart across London, it still amuses me that actually they were virtually next door to each other must have made for interestign conversations at the bar in the pub just around the corner.

The workshop had some really interesting speakers discussing their thoguhts as to what it means to them from Cllr. John Jowers Cabinet Member for Communities and Planning at Essex County Council who I have attended a couple of different events with and with whom I alsways enjoy discussing Essex’s approach to things and how that differes or otherwise to ours.

As always Baroness Margaret Eaton DBE DL spoke with passion about connecting with communities and the art of representation.

To me the most interesting speaker was the last Alastair Lewis who is a lawyer at Sharpe Pritchard who spoke about the General Power of Competence contained in the Localism Bill and the freedoms and restrictions it will place on say Suffolk County Council as it s plans what it wants to do, in terms of services its provides and indeed the charging and business activities it can get involved in; he concluded that it demostrated a ‘High investment in Trust’ by the Government.

My great concern is that last week we saw Liverpool and Manachester City Council’s reverting to type and using the current cuts and coming new freedoms to play political football with their residents and Government and that is disappointing to say the least. All we hope is that their behavious does not shake Mr. Pickles faith that with freedom we will take responsibility and deliver quality services and reduce the cost of delivering local government.

About askcolinnoble
I'm a Conservative politician-lite, I dabble a bit in Party Politics with my main focus of working hard and being a strong voice for my community making sure local government delivers quality services and fellow residents get value for money for their hard earned money they pay in Council tax | Where this Gravatar appears and I am expressing my views or liking something I do so in a personal capacity and does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Suffolk County Council, Forest Heath District Council, the Conservative Party or come to think of it anyone else | But having said the above at an election time and to stay legal anything I write is promoted by Kerry Buist on behalf of Colin Noble, both at West Suffolk Conservative Association, Unit 8, Swan Lane Business Park, Exning, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 7FN

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