Reining in the risks?

By Dan Peters | 23 March 2021

Although local government secretary Eric Pickles was a divisive figure during his time as a minister, there is no doubt that evidence of his legacy remains.

One of the key changes he set in motion was the introduction of a general power of competence, designed not only to increase local authority powers, but improve the confidence of council officers and members as part of a devolutionary, cultural shift.

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