At last, Government decides we are competent!!

Yesterday’s local government settlement seemingly contained nothing we have not thoroughly prepared for.

I say “seemingly” because the devil is always in the detail, and there is a lot of detail lying behind the headline figures and it takes time to thoroughly review.

We’re already achieving significant savings and have a sound financial base – this is reflected in our recent decision to impose a zero per cent council tax rise for 2011/12.

We will continue to listen to residents so we know what their priorities are, improve the county’s economic prosperity and ensure we’re there for the most vulnerable people.

The publication of the new Localism Bill was also welcome.

The highlight is the introduction a General Power of Competence that could free local government and local people of a considerable amount of bureaucracy. It will help local councilors work more closely with the people they represent on local issues, without Whitehall sitting on their shoulder.

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