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Councils across England have been given fresh powers to shut down shops and cancel events


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Councils across England have been given fresh powers to shut down shops and cancel events in a move aimed at preventing local lockdowns.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday that local authorities would be given stronger controls in time for the weekend, as he set out new details for returning the country to normality following the Coronavirus outbreak.

James Jamieson, chairman of the Local Government Association (LGA) which represents council leaders, said he was hopeful the new measures would prevent local lockdowns, like that seen in Leicester, being required in future.

 

 

 

https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-councils-given-fresh-powers-to-close-shops-and-cancel-events-12031000

 

I’m sure no local authorities will abuse this new-found power  ¬¬

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Hmm my first though is that it’s buck passing. Central government gets to wash its hands of the responsibility of making the decision, also local governments are (to a certain extent at least) immune from the economic fall out.

They get their council tax bills paid whatever, unlike HMRC tax receipts.

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23 minutes ago, eight said:

Now all they need to do is get the councils back to work.

Back?

We just need our councils to work.

On the face of it, this sounds like a sensible plan as local councillors have local accountability (and theoretically local knowledge)

But how will it go down if Ryde council decide to close everything and neighbouring Sandown doesn't?

What we actually need is decent data so that we can make our own, informed decisions.

Shame that we can't get it.

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Wight Flight said:

Back?

We just need our councils to work.

On the face of it, this sounds like a sensible plan as local councillors have local accountability (and theoretically local knowledge)

But how will it go down if Ryde council decide to close everything and neighbouring Sandown doesn't?

What we actually need is decent data so that we can make our own, informed decisions.

Shame that we can't get it.

 

 

 

Contacted trace app you now the one that is reported to have cost 10billion 

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4 hours ago, MrPin said:

This has all the signs of "mass hysteria".

What do we have?

1) An exaggerated virus.

2) People being frightened

3) Strange behaviour. Tearing down statues, Arson on phone companies. Masks everywhere.

I've been saying this for ages - we started to enter mass hysteria after Easter, IMO. It was at that point that it was obvious the virus was not nearly as bad as people thought but rather than a move back to normality, things just got stranger instead.

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There is a risk this will result in Councils shutting loads of stuff 'just to be safe' and then dragging out reopening because they don't want the responsibility of taking the decision, like lockdown. Could finish off plenty more shops and events that are just hanging in there after being forcibly closed for months.

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1 hour ago, Caravan Monster said:

There is a risk this will result in Councils shutting loads of stuff 'just to be safe' and then dragging out reopening because they don't want the responsibility of taking the decision, like lockdown. Could finish off plenty more shops and events that are just hanging in there after being forcibly closed for months.

Yeah. I think what might happen is some of the Local Authorities combine with cost benefit analysis and votes. So expect random things to be closed to save cash and or protect various interests. 

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More local bullying rather than national bullying. 

It'll probably be used to try to hike council tax because councils are stretched because of their new responsibilities.  Labour councils will probably extend postal voting if the local elections are held next year.  Tories and LibDems as well if they think they'll benefit. 

Etc.

Give them an inch and they'll take a mile.

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14 hours ago, Chewing Grass said:

I think this is aimed at dumping a big bucket of shit on Labour run councils.

Yep, it's political dynamite and a stroke of genius by the Tories.  Everyone knows who and what is causing the most problems and now the Tories are going to force Labour to be the ones to do something about it.  Cognitive Dissonance overload incoming!  Bastards.  Clever, clever bastards.

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18 hours ago, Iamcynical said:

I predict that this will be yet another disaster to add to the ever growing list of covid1984 disasters.

With great power comes great responsibility.

And the government are giving significant power to piss pot local authorities who are (as far as I can tell) are incapable of doing anything constructive in a timely and efficient manner.

If their is an actual need to employ these powers then I expect that it will end badly.

 

 

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Councils don't want the public out spending money, enjoying themselves and using public services they have to maintain. They want them stuck at home saving for the upcoming council tax rises. Covid will give them a great excuse to cut services and redeploy more money into executive pay and pensions.

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8 hours ago, stop_the_craziness said:

Yep, it's political dynamite and a stroke of genius by the Tories.  Everyone knows who and what is causing the most problems and now the Tories are going to force Labour to be the ones to do something about it.  Cognitive Dissonance overload incoming!  Bastards.  Clever, clever bastards.

Watching the fallout of democrat vs republican reactions to BLM etc probably gave them the idea

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