Sir Bob Neill

  • It’s time to tackle the in-tray

    27 September 2021

    Michael Gove has been given a new beefed-up department and strong team with a serious policy background – and he will need it to tackle a tough brief, says Sir Bob Neill.


  • Who will crack care?

    20 July 2021

    The Government must raise enough funding to end the unsatisfactory adult social care system and ensure a skilled workforce is both attracted and retained, writes Sir Bob Neill.


  • Virtual judgements v real impact

    12 May 2021

    Councils should have the choice of holding remote meetings, not just during the pandemic but afterwards too, says Sir Bob Neill.


  • Build back beautiful

    08 April 2021

    A new report puts forward a hyper-local approach to overcoming the housing crisis, with councils the recipients of the tax levied on the uplift of developments. The proposals should be taken seriously, says Sir Bob Neill.


  • An inflammatory situation

    03 March 2021

    While fixing the cladding scandal may be a bitter pill for ministers to swallow, by not addressing it now, in full, we only create a false economy, says Sir Bob Neill.


  • Hand in hand to collaboration

    25 January 2021

    Sir Bob Neill says a local, bottom-up approach has already shown itself to be the way forward for test and trace, ‘and central Government must now place its trust in local leaders to expedite the vaccine rollout’.


  • This global challenge needs a local approach

    26 October 2020

    Councils should be given the resource and leeway to lead the charge in the battle against COVID, says Sir Bob Neill.


  • On solid ground?

    18 August 2020

    Despite some interesting proposals, Sir Bob Neill has a mixed reaction to the latest planning White Paper and fears other areas of the housebuilding process need assessing first.


  • Investing in people’s futures now

    14 July 2020

    Disappointed not to have been given a nod last week in the chancellor’s summer statement? Sir Bob Neill says it should be seen as a prologue to the autumn Budget.