Planning could pass to DCLG

Local authorities could have planning powers taken away if they perform poorly, Bob Kerslake, the permanent secretary of the Department for Communities and Local Government and head of the civil service, confirmed on Monday.


By Civil Service World

14 Nov 2012

While insisting the government is still committed to its localism agenda, Kerslake told the Communities and Local Government Committee: “We have to recognise in a period where growth is a priority, we have to bear down on authorities which are not performing to a reasonable standard.”

Asked whether the cuts might reduce the number of qualified staff councils can employ, Kerslake argued “you can’t say it is all down to financial pressure” as councils choose where to spend funds.

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