Martin Cresswell

Martin Cresswell

The Chancellor’s business rate reduction in today’s Budget is a bitter pill for local government to swallow. Just when it looked like devolution had been priced in fully by councils, the Chancellor used the Budget to jeopardise medium and long term financial plans. Business…

Heading home last Tuesday on the train I read a fascinating article in the Evening Standard that I thought I would share. We’ll be losing, according to the author Anthony Hilton, so much if we stop talking face to face. Looking up, watching everyone texting,…

The social care council tax precept is good politics for George Osborne and bad politics for local government. He’s devolving the political risk of trying to keep social care functioning at a decent level. The polling is clear, nationally people haven’t registered the level…

In the last few days we have seen this Government embark upon a renewed initiative to slash the cost of the public sector (well, at least in certain areas). Of course there has been plenty of commentary from political pundits and academics regarding the…

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