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blackdog
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Despite the lack of a Local Government Finance Bill, a Department for Communities and Local Government spokeswoman said: 'The Government is committed to delivering the manifesto pledge to help local authorities control more of the money they raise and will work closely with local government to agree the best way to achieve this.' (source)

It seems that this is a controversial move within the Tory party - perhaps because most of the councils that will gain from the move are solid Tory.

And I was wrong about the date of the last Local Government Finace Act, there was one in 2012.
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blackdog
Posted on: Jun 26 2017, 11:34 PM


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QUOTE (je suis Charlie @ Jun 26 2017, 08:07 PM) *
But, I have no peer 🤗


Thank God! laugh.gif
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Posted on: Jun 23 2017, 08:13 PM


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QUOTE (Berkshirelad @ Jun 23 2017, 01:32 PM) *
Thank you for that - I hadn't realised that it was due in this year's Finance Bill - I thought it had been done and dusted from one of Osborne's

It was not the annual Finance Bill but a special Local Government Finance Bill - the last was in the 1990s (I think).
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Posted on: Jun 23 2017, 11:35 AM


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QUOTE (Berkshirelad @ Jun 23 2017, 11:14 AM) *
Could be because it is already in law...

It would only be in the Queen's Speech if they intended not to do it


Nice idea, but sadly not the case. https://transport-network.co.uk/100-busines...n-dropped/14200

Latest news on the Local Government Finance Bill 2016-17 (http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2016-17/localgovernmentfinance.html)

The Bill was to be considered at Report Stage and Third Reading.

However, as a General Election has now been called and Parliament will be dissolved from 3 May 2017, the Bill falls and no further action will be taken.


Seems to me that this was a Cameron/Osborne localisation idea that doesn't fit with May's Tory party.
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Posted on: Jun 23 2017, 11:24 AM


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QUOTE (newres @ Jun 23 2017, 12:12 PM) *
A bit more than that I'd have said, but then again I gave a capacity for objectivity.


Who to?
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Posted on: Jun 22 2017, 09:15 AM


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Someone commenting on the Queen's Speech yesterday noted that the Tory plans on Business Rate Retention were not mentioned - implying that this means that they won't go ahead.

Bad news for West Berkshire if this is the case.
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Posted on: Jun 19 2017, 06:14 PM


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Abbot may well be spouting the truth that she lost control of her blood sugar owing the the pressure of the campaign. That said, it's not eactly making her a good choice for a high pressure cabinet post!
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Posted on: Jun 16 2017, 07:30 PM


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QUOTE (je suis Charlie @ Jun 15 2017, 02:07 PM) *
A bit like today, may visits a disaster scene I private, no camera no media, JC arrived with retinue, full on media scrum, full exposure. "Ooh, a disaster, time to win some political advantage, Diane! Round up the posse!"


And boy did that blow up in her face -- but she made sure there were plenty of media when she went to the hospital to visit the injured!

She constantly messes up the PR, she and her advisors are hopeless - she spends far too much time avoiding contat with the uncontrolled public, makes it look as if she's scared. Whereas Corbyn is at his best in such an environment.
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Posted on: Jun 16 2017, 03:09 PM


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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Jun 16 2017, 12:42 PM) *
Is not greed a by product ot Thatcherism ? A doctrine successive governments have tried to emulate since her timely fall from grace .
It is the intrinsic attribute of the species to improve their lot at any cost . If our evolution had been at the same pace as most animals we would still be gathering nuts and being chased by big cats . Maybe we should accept the fact that some will have and some will not as a principal of progression , however unacceptable this may be to most .


Greed is nothing new, but Thatcherism (Reaganism/monetarism) does seem to have made it more acceptable and to have done a lot to encourage us to break everything down in monetary terms - now everything has a price if you can figure out a way to exploit it.
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Posted on: Jun 14 2017, 09:41 AM


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QUOTE (je suis Charlie @ Jun 14 2017, 08:09 AM) *
I see she's miraculously better, JC probably laid his healing hands on her. He'll be getting the blind to see and the lame to walk next. Labour, cheap tricks are us.

Hardly a miracle to sort out blood sugar levels these days.
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Posted on: Jun 13 2017, 07:13 AM


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QUOTE (The Hatter @ Jun 12 2017, 09:06 PM) *
Winning would mean being able to form a government without help. Bet the Conservatives now regret not supporting our LibDem proportional representation.


PR would have left them with over 40 fewer seats - so I very much doubt that they regret that decision.
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Posted on: Jun 10 2017, 02:28 PM


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QUOTE (On the edge @ Jun 10 2017, 11:17 AM) *
If Tory party had any credibility at all, they'll keep the one they've got. Does anyone honestly believe that Theresa May was totally and solely responsible for calling the election and the campaign decisions? And that they the other senior MPs simply stood by and said nothing even though they were dead against what she was doing! Because, if that has even a smattering of truth in it, these people are not competent to run a parish council, let alone the country.

May will go because she has demonstrated her inability to lead an election campaign - like it or not you have to have a media savvy leader these days. And she will have to go soon in case the DUP loonies drop the Tories in it and they have to call another election.
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Posted on: Jun 10 2017, 02:23 PM


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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Jun 9 2017, 07:34 PM) *
Yep. Still going. Countries fooked. See Lilly Allen is outside downing street with a load of other numpties. I predict a riot. Our way or the highway. Thats the lefty way. And democracy? No one seems to realise that May was a disaster and still recorded one of the highest percentage of Tory votes at a GE ever. JC will get in soon. You just have a bit more time now to plan an exit.


High in modern times but a long way from the highest ever (Baldwin, for instance, got 55% - a proper majority). Corbyn also got a high percentage - it's far more reminiscent of elections pre-Thatcher.


May will go because she ran a dreadful campaign - the decision to call an election is now seen as a disaster, but it was the way they cocked up the campaign that was the real disaster, it's almost as if they wanted to lose.
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Posted on: Jun 10 2017, 02:17 PM


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QUOTE (Turin Machine @ Jun 9 2017, 02:17 PM) *
Should be some old friends there for Jeremy to chat to. 😏

They think Jeremy is in league with the devil - wouldn't been seen dead talking to him. Which really is a negative for Jeremy - when he was talking to the IRA he shuold have been talking to the UDA as well.
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Posted on: Jun 9 2017, 01:26 PM


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QUOTE (motormad @ Jun 9 2017, 12:30 PM) *
I hope it isn't made into flats / houses... town is busy enough as it is!!!

Still thousands more flats/houses to be built - which is better, turning the BT tower into flats or building on another local field? PS the answer is it doesn't matter, they'll do both anyway.
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Posted on: Jun 9 2017, 01:21 PM


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QUOTE (je suis Charlie @ Jun 9 2017, 09:34 AM) *
Let me just remind you all, "no deals, we will only govern as the outright winner" let's see how long Mr terrorist lover stands by his word!


I can't see that he has any option but to stand by those words. Meanwhile May will forget her own words:

“The cold hard fact is that if I lose just six seats I will lose this election and Jeremy Corbyn will be sitting down to negotiate with the presidents, prime ministers and chancellors of Europe” - Theresa May, 20 May 2017

Next election in October?
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Posted on: Jun 9 2017, 01:14 PM


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QUOTE (je suis Charlie @ Jun 8 2017, 11:27 PM) *
Better than UK under a terrorist lover.

Terrorists (former of course) in power now.

https://www.opendemocracy.net/uk/adam-ramsay/so-who-are-dup
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Posted on: Jun 7 2017, 08:42 AM


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QUOTE (newres @ Jun 4 2017, 05:20 PM) *
Remind me, did we have Muslim terrorists in the west before the Gulf wars?

Of course we did - the Gulf wars were just a recent a escalation by the West - like most previous attempts to stamp out terrorism by sending in the army the main result has been to increase terrorism.
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Posted on: Jun 7 2017, 07:52 AM


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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Jun 7 2017, 12:22 AM) *
I had some hopes for Cameron and May but those hopes were blown to smithereens. The Tory manifesto is more about what they are not saying. Corbyn hasn't appeared to be the evil man he has been painted by the press and argues well in my view, but I cannot see him running a country; I see him being a pushover by the unions.

Whereas May is a pushover for the media - one bad story and she's off in a different direction. There really isn't a good choice available to us.

Personally I think the Unions have a better agenda than the media barons.
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Posted on: Jun 3 2017, 09:33 PM


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QUOTE (x2lls @ Jun 1 2017, 11:53 PM) *
I will be voting Tory. I refuse to accept a man who still has abbott on side. I also refuse to accept a lib dem leader who goes to church and believes in a fairy in the sky. Why is it, in this day and age, that if a prospective politician were to say he doesn't do god, he would not get elected. Hypocrisy at it's worst. As individual households, if we go overdrawn, we end up with a closed door to further financing. Why is it different at the national level? Something has to break. Thatcher, for all her ills, left us in the black. Labour spent it all.

You are aware that the Conservatives are led by a believer in that 'fairy in the sky'?
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Posted on: May 24 2017, 01:33 PM


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I have a general rule - if you don't know the caller assume it's a scam.
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Posted on: May 22 2017, 11:00 AM


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QUOTE (Simon Kirby @ May 22 2017, 11:45 AM) *
No, it won't need to, though no EU legislation is actually being repealed by the (somewhat confusingly titled) Great Repeal Bill, but the UK will be free to repeal whatever domestic legislation it want to. Of course if we go and repeal harmonizing legislation that's necessary for foreign companies to be able to work with the UK then we'll harm our commercial interests and this might well be just one such piece of legislation, but the UK will be free to do it.

On a somewhat pedantic note - you have just described wy we may need to keep this as part of UK law, but won't have to.
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Posted on: May 18 2017, 09:23 PM


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Now the Tory manifesto is out and it seems that, while Labour want to tax the rich, the Tories want to tax the middle class old and infirm. And the BBC tell me it is a lurch to the left!
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Posted on: May 18 2017, 09:17 AM


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QUOTE (Turin Machine @ May 17 2017, 07:35 PM) *
I'm not positive but I'm sure if you approached those people whose lives have been totally disrupted by the southern rail fiasco they may not be supportive of ceding more power to the unions.

The Southern Rail fiasco is a classic example of what happens when a Tory government gets involved in industrial relations - Chris Grayling should have resolved this issue months ago by knocking heads together and finding a compromise solution. Instead he waffles in public while telling Southern in private to crush the union or risk losing the franchise. Now it's spreading to other franchises . . .

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Posted on: May 13 2017, 11:27 PM


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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ May 13 2017, 09:45 PM) *
Range Rover? Capitalist Bstd. It should be sold and the proceeds redistributed. A bike for you me lad come June the 8th... Vote Corbyn!!!😂


Surely RR is Rolls Royce.
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