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Judicious and entrepreneurial

Niall Bolger
Niall Bolger
Chief Executive, Hounslow Council
Covid19: Ask of Government ● June 12, 2020

[Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government] Robert Jenrick’s finger wagging has not gone down well at all, because the bad examples of council investments are exceptions rather than the rule. Most councils have been judicious and entrepreneurial and inventive over the last decade. They’ve had to be, because otherwise we wouldn’t have any services left, quite frankly. We have had to reinvent the way we generate revenue.

This is a distraction from the fundamental problem: the broken nature of the financial system for local government. It was increasingly moving towards being dependent on business rates,...

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