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County Durham voters back devolution in the North-East, Sir Digby Jones considers run for West Midlands mayor but Hampshire and Isle of Wight rejects single mayor
This week David Cameron wades into row over £69m of cuts planned by Oxfordshire CC; Stoke on Trent plans to axe seven top management jobs; North Tyneside plans referendum on future of elected mayors; Liverpool planned 3.9% rise in Council Tax includes 2% “Osborne tax”; Government hands key powers back to Rotherham MBC; North and North East Lincolnshire will share back office services and save £12 million by 2026; Better Connected Live confirms May dates; North Midlands devolution deal goes ahead without Leicestershire; Lincolnshire faces cutting 130 bus services; dog poo DNA tests launch in Barking and Dagenham; Fife Council leader says SNP cuts worse than Thatcher’s rate capping; North Lanarkshire leader quits ahead of £100 million of cuts
As we enter 2016 the pace of change and expectation for public sector organisations is accelerating.
Patience and willingness to play a canny long game will be key for local leaders.
Announcements made by the Chancellor could mean that local authorities face a financial tipping point during the course of this Parliament.
If Osborne really does plan to lead his party he needs to present himself and his party as more receptive, less dogmatic and more sincere. He has a mountain to climb. Meanwhile the Labour Party is once again a dysfunctional family sitting down to a Christmas dinner they have choked on in the past.