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Left 'picking fight' on planning

Opposition to reforms in the planning laws is driven by the left and represents groups "picking a fight with the Government", according to a minister. Planning minister Bob Neil has accused the opposition of a "smear campaign" against him in an interview with the Telegraph.


Bob Neill complains of council bins 'complacency'

Local Government Minister Bob Neill has hit out at councils over the build-up of rubbish during December, saying people might "wonder if their council views the rubbish collection as just a favour, not a right". Some areas have not seen a collection in four weeks.


Local Government minister Bob Neill yesterday suggested the poorest areas of the country would suffer the most from cuts, saying: "Those in greatest need ultimately bear the burden of paying off the debt."


Coalition revelations on the number of council ‘non-jobs’ has been slammed by the Local Government Association, who have told PoliticsHome the Government has manipulated its figures.

"These distorted figures fail to acknowledge that the three million employed in local government includes teachers, police forces, and all of their civilian staff. The actual number employed by town halls is less than half that, at 1.4 million,” a spokesman said.

"This slapdash analysis fails to acknowledge the huge savings that these members of staff bring to the work of their councils, ensuring that hardworking people get value for the taxes they pay."

Around 180,000 more people are employed by local authorities now than there were in 1997 after an "explosion" in "crazy non-jobs", the Government has claimed.

Local Government Minister Bob Neill said: “These figures reveal the explosion in town hall jobs and bureaucracy under Labour and reinforce the need for some councils to start cutting out middle management."


Councils criticised on rubbish build-up

Local government minister Bob Neill has said he is "disappointed" that councils around the UK did not have better plans to deal with the build-up of rubbish over the Christmas period. Mr Neill's comments come in the wake of revelations that some councils left rubbish for as long as four weeks before it was collected.


The Department Communities and Local Government has published detailed breakdowns of all its spending over £500. The figures reveal civil servants spent money on M&S lunches, away days and staff massages as well as consultants and outsourced work.