The QT

Monday 20 May 2024


Time to set our councils free

I vividly remember, shortly after I was elected Leader of Newcastle City Council in 2011, a political friend asking me why on earth I’d chosen to ruin my career by taking on such a poisoned chalice. The then Chancellor George Osborne and Eric Pickles (the then Secretary of State for Local Government) were proposing deep …

Time to stop blaming ‘the council’

North East councils are wrestling with the problem of how to balance their books and are being forced to make agonising decisions on who they will have to let down next. These tough calls are being forced on them, and other councils up and down the country, by a system which sees the Government control …

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