UPDATE Tue 11:59: My comment at Programme site is still not passed. I've tried a different version - also listing some of the other local government cuts. Let's see whether that passes the moderators, who seem to be politically motivated.
LOL have been taking a little look at the Coalition Programme for Communities and Local Government. Apparently getting a £1.16 Billion cut, and c £0.7 Billion more for devolved countries. I've seen that reported at 17% + though I've not checked that at this stage.
You can inspect this part of the Programme for Government right here. There is a comments facility too. Surprisingly quiet so far. Disinterest? Ignorance? Over-moderation? I'm guessing from the small print of the moderation policy that mentioning political party names is barred. Here is my basic first thoughts comment, without doing so, though possibly still offending.
So, is this right? The coalition - including parties which nominally privilege localism and wish to reduce the reach of the state - are *requiring* all councils:
Looks like a HUGE cut in local government budgets. Already pretty lean from 30 years of Thatcherism followed by New Labourism.
Looks like a HUGE attack on local autonomy, plus the forcing of Robo-Mayors on our 12 greatest cities. We've had that option and we've rejected it. How are the coalition planning to rig the referenda?
Looks like a boost for classic NIMBYism together with a bulldozer for strategic infrastructure. An interesting tension right there.
Here's the text in full:
Monday, May 24, 2010
The Government believes that it is time for a fundamental shift of power from Westminster to people. We will promote decentralisation and democratic engagement, and we will end the era of top-down government by giving new powers to local councils, communities, neighbourhoods and individuals.