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A new NLGN essay collection brings together contributions from a group of leading Conservative politicians offering new ideas on democratic accountability, financial reform, business support and partnership working.
Conservative Shadow Minister Justine Greening speaks of a desire to “cull” vast swathes of regional government and quangos.
The Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Governmentr accuses the Government of dictating policy via top down targets from Westminster and promises that a Conservative Government would ensure that “local government would once again truly be local”.
Also writing in the pamphlet, the Leader of Westminster Council, Colin Barrow sets out in practice how local action is helping to support local citizens and businesses during the economic downturn in his borough.
Council Tax, and how it can be reduced, is the focus of a contribution from Cllr Stephen Greenhalgh, Leader of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. Something of a poster-boy for efficiency minded Conservatives, Cllr Greenhalgh’s ideas have become a blueprint for many councils wishing to achieve greater value for money services and lower Council Tax.
Finally, Cllr David Parsons, Leader of Leicestershire County Council offers a useful analysis of partnership working, often based upon the very practical experiences of working with varied partners within Leicestershire.
The collection is edited by James Hulme, Head of Communications at NLGN.