The eyes of the nation have been fixed on Parliament, as it debated, voted on, and ultimately rejected the flawed Brexit deal presented by Prime Minister Theresa May.
The once faithful party whip lies in tatters. The Conservatives called the EU referendum, called a General Election, lost their majority, and brought back from Michel Barnier, the EU’s Chief Negotiator, a Brexit deal so damaging that members won’t vote for it.
It is Children’s Mental Health Week from the 4-10 February. So it is timely that a recent report from a committee of MPs has found that only a third of children and young people with mental health conditions receive the treatment they need from the NHS.
As a councillor, it is frustrating to see situations where bureaucracy or perverse financial incentives get in the way of doing the right thing.
“I am delighted that the Government decided not to increase the New Homes Bonus threshold as this is a significant funding source”
It looks like Environment Secretary Michael Gove has again resolved to make ‘government by press release’ his new year resolution, starting with his announcement on standardising waste collection.
How many times can the Government kick the can down the road when it comes to local government funding? It’s like death by a thousand cuts.
“We are still £3.1 billion short and longer-term solutions for care, health and devolution have been delayed”
The Budget was an opportunity for the Government to take action and prove that it will take the looming funding crisis it has caused in local government seriously.
“We welcome the lifting of the housing borrowing cap, but continue to push for Right to Buy to be devolved”