The Joy of Local Tax – and the mysteries of the missing Levy… Richard Chisnall investigates

  Community Infrastructure Levy. Sounds boring, right? It's a tax or levy on development intended to support the necessary infrastructure the development needs: zebra crossings, schools, doctor's surgeries and more. Call it a "Section 106 agreement on steroids". It's been implemented by all other Somerset councils: Taunton Deane, Sedgemoor, South Somerset, North Somerset, B&NES, but remarkably, …

That was Conference – success for Corbyn’s team?

Labour Party Conference 2018 Liverpool

I think it is fair to say that I, along with many other Corbyn supporting Labour members, was looking toward to conference with a certain amount of trepidation. There were rumours of a planned assault on conference by the right wing of the party, there was concern over the NEC's apparent fudge over 'open selections', …

Write to David Warburton to support the Palestinian cause

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The Palestine Solidarity Campaign have organised a briefing session for MPs to take place on 11th September. They say this about the current situation: "The crisis in Gaza has not disappeared. Since weekly peaceful protests began on the 30th March 2017, Israel have killed at least 166 Palestinians and wounded a further 18,000. Despite the …

As Northamptonshire County Council gets set to offer the bare minimum of services – what lessons for county councils around the country? Dave Clark warns us that alarm bells should be ringing

Turkeys do vote for Christmas. Some attentive news watchers, if able to get beyond the relentless attacks on Jeremy Corbyn and Labour over ‘anti-semitism’, will have noticed the reports in the press of the travails and troubles facing Northamptonshire County Council.   County Councils provide vital services to local residents including education, waste disposal and …

Labour and the Anti-Semitism Debate: Our perspective…

By Dave Clark, Chair of Somerton and Frome CLP   Labour, Anti-Semitism and Witch Hunts   On 19th May this year, Somerton and Frome Constituency Labour Party voted overwhelmingly to affiliate to Jewish Voice for Labour (JVL). The decision to invite a speaker from JVL and to move to affiliate was in direct response to …