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Who Thinks A Penny Of This Money Would Go Towards Tax Cuts?

January 21, 2014 3 Comments
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Ministers today demanded that London’s town halls tackle their colossal £642million in council tax arrears – an average of £188 per household. They warned that council tax bills could be pushed up, or frontline services cut, because of failure to collect payments. I suspect the likelihood is that that’d happen even if the money somehow magically materialised in the council coffers, don’t you? “Every penny of council tax that isn’t…

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Council Cutbacks, Kagoul-Wearers Hardest Hit!

December 2, 2013 8 Comments
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England may be a green and pleasant land, but getting around it on foot is proving harder than ever as council cuts leave footpaths blocked, run-down and overgrown, according to a report. A report by The Ramblers, no less (it seems they’ve dropped the ‘Association’ from their title as part of a rebranding exercise). The organisation used the Freedom of Information Act to discover that more than 30 per cent…

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Protecting Society From The Scourge Of….Flakes In Ice Cream?

August 20, 2013 6 Comments
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This is why you must pay your council tax, folks: Despite good weather, it has been a bad week for Sussex’s ice cream sellers. One trader has been warned he could face eviction unless he stops serving cones with a flake while another has been banned from playing his jingle. OK, yes, the jingles can be annoying, but…what is the issue with flakes? Alex Mills, 23, has operated milkshake bar…

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Will This See Off The ‘Something Must Be Done!’ Brigade?

July 21, 2012 2 Comments
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Will This See Off The ‘Something Must Be Done!’ Brigade?

Breaking their silence for the first time since Joseph Ball died last year, highways experts at Southend Council warned a campaign to improve safety could actually have the opposite effect. Not that that will worry the ‘Something must be done, this is something, so do it!’ crowd. The tragedy prompted more than 10,000 people to sign a petition calling for improvements. Those ‘improvements’ being, specifically, a crossing on the London…

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To Save The Planet, We Must Kill This Tree!

May 11, 2012 7 Comments
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A music producer whose songs have appeared in Hollywood films asked for a £5,000 tree outside his house to be cut down because it was interfering with his solar panels. Ahahahahaha….! But, as with most local news stories, it wasn’t the whole story: Producer and recording artist Steve McIntosh, whose songs have appeared on Sex and the City and Scary Movie 3, listed the reason as among those for removing…

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Well, It’s A Start…

May 2, 2012 2 Comments
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The decision made by the council’s community services committee last week will mean residents can do their shopping locally without having to fork out for high parking charges. Yes. It’s only five free spaces. And the attitude that they are doing us all a favour grates somewhat. But it’s a start! Mary Powell, who owns the Emporium on the High Street and also chairs the Maldon Business Association, added: “While…

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Hey, Since You Like Collective Punishment So Much…

March 13, 2012 Comments Off
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A senior city councillor has claimed officers are vetting every letter he writes to constituents. Conservative group leader John Fareham said he was “astonished” to discover non-political letters about issues such as parking signs were being checked by the council’s legal department before they were sent out. Well, got to keep all those council staff in a job, haven’t we? “This behaviour smacks of the Soviet Union,” he said. Yeah.…

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Centralisation – It’s The Name of The Game!

March 3, 2012 9 Comments
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The Mayor of London should take control of all the capital’s libraries in a move that would save millions and transform the service, the former head of Waterstones said today. I thought the current buzzword was ‘Localism’? Maybe he has a point, though: The duplication of administrationcosts £80million a year out of the £200million spent on the capital’s 380 libraries, he claimed.Mr Coates is working with the New York public…

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No Wonder Notts Country Council Has A Budget Problem…

March 1, 2012 8 Comments
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A former deputy chief constable of Notts, who was expected to take the county’s police authority and Chief Constable Julia Hodson to an employment tribunal, has accepted a settlement. And just what was his beef? Howard Roberts claimed the authority did not renew his contract in December 2009 following pressure from Denis O’Connor, a former Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary for Notts. Interesting…. Details of the tribunal emerged during a…

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If You Set A Target That’s Impossible To Meet, That’s Your Problem, Chums!

January 28, 2012 9 Comments
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Taking all of Winchester’s cars off the road for a year would still not be enough to meet the city council’s carbon footprint targets. That was the stark warning from a city councillor worried about the scale of the challenge facing Winchester City Council as it tries to cut carbon emissions by 30 per cent in four years. Not that they wouldn’t like to do just that, I suspect. Except…

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Look, It’s Basic Budgetary Logic!

January 13, 2012 4 Comments
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Croydon faces a reduction in the multimillion-pound funding it receives for looking after hundreds of young asylum-seekers. Oh noes! They’ll all be destitute! How will they cope!!! The UK Border Agency (UKBA) is to revise one of the grants following a 26 per cent drop in the number of children who are cared for by the council. Hang on. A drop? So…..the money is being cut because there’s not so…

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OK, Who’d Like To Tell Polly What Local Councils Shouldn’t Do?

January 11, 2012 11 Comments
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Polly Toynbee rages at the ConDem ‘localism’ plans: Sigoma, the municipal authorities group, says that if councils were all allowed to keep their business rates, the City of London would gain £517m. Together, the Tory boroughs of the City, Westminster, Hammersmith and Fulham, and Kensington and Chelsea would gain £1.6bn. Who would be the losers? Birmingham would lose £175m, Hackney £116m, Liverpool £104m – and Cornwall £45m. It’s as if…

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Local Councils Fall Right Into The Tory Elephant Trap….

November 27, 2011 2 Comments
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Up to a fifth of councils in England may not accept the government’s offer to help pay for a freeze in council tax next year, a survey suggests. Councils denying government money? Can this be true? According to the Local Government Chronicle’s research, based on responses from 146 local authority finance directors, 116 said their councils would implement the freeze, six councils said they would refuse and 24 remained undecided.…

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What’s ‘Progressive’ About This?

November 15, 2011 10 Comments
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Bristol should implement a “progressive squeeze on cars” to solve its transport problems, campaigners have been told. It’s apparently ‘progressive’ now to force people out of their own personal transport and onto public transport, or non-powered bikes, is it? The call was made at a meeting called by the city’s Civic Societylast night.The debate, titled Transport in Bristol: The Art of the Possible, was organised by the society and took…

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Ahhh, Brighton…!

October 19, 2011 5 Comments
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A group of homeless men who have set up home on a golf course are threatening any intruders to their makeshift camp with legal action. Wha..? The men have been sleeping in archways on the pitch and putt course at Kingsway Multi-Play in Hove seafront since Saturday, October 8.The men, who are using tarpaulin and polystyrene boards to protect themselves from the elements, have taped a legal warning to the…

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