Sure I must have used that title before in which case it can be thought of as a re-issue. Spend the afternoon at the Civil Justice Centre - still my favourite new building in the city centre -
listening to and asking questions of two very senior civil servants from the Department for Communities and Local Government at a meeting called to " discuss latest policies around their respective DCLG agendas and across Whitehall ....". There are people there, principally from local government, from across the North West, all really trying to get answers as to exactly what the new government was going to do in a whole range of areas impacting on local communities and the representative role of Councillors. It was an interesting session, good presentations, relatively open but essentially very conjecture rich and information light. I lost count of how many times we were told " that's not yet been decided " or " tell us how to do it ". I'm all in favour of bottom-up approaches and am determined to make whatever the government does work as best I can for the people of Manchester. But we do need clarity quickly, and also to understand how a whole range of seemingly disparate bits of legislation fit together.