… conveniently forgetting that it has always been his job to ensure that this happens!
“Local government needs to open up and raise its game, Sajid Javid has told the Local Government Association’s annual conference.
Delivering a keynote address to the gathering in Birmingham yesterday, Javid highlighted the “serious failings” that emerged in the aftermath of the Grenfell tower fire in west London and said he wanted to reflect on what had gone wrong in local government.
“If the events of the past few weeks have taught us anything, it’s that we have to raise our game,” he said. “The ties that bind local government to local communities have not snapped. But if we don’t act now, such a time may one day be upon us.”
Councils would not be able to rebuild and reinforce trust with local communities if they hid away from public scrutiny.
“If people are going to trust their elected representatives, they have to see them working in the harsh light of the public eye, not in comforting shadows behind closed doors.
“Not only must democracy exist, it must be seen to exist. It can’t be about decisions made in private meeting rooms… local government must show it is for the people – not just of the people.” …”
Words – so much easier than action, as we well know in East Devon.