Laura Sharman 02 October 2015

Devolution deals should include power to tackle crime says Westminster

Devolution deals should include power to tackle crime says Westminster image

Local government is entering the ‘most critical period’ in its history and must seize the opportunities offered by devolution, according to the leader of Westminster City Council.

Cllr Philippa Roe said she will outline London’s bid for more devolution at next week’s Conservative conference, saying the Capital will be calling for greater powers to tackle crime, anti-social behaviour, the shortfall of school places and unemployment.

‘Unless we take bold action now to work together to reform how funding and power are shared between Whitehall and local places, we will find ourselves poorly equipped to provide the services people expect and undermine our achievements to date,’ cllr Roe will say.

Cllr Roe will make the case to give frontline officers more power to act against anti-social behaviour, arguing that early action can prevent people committing more serious crime in the future.

Cllr Roe will say: ‘Here in Westminster we have a challenge like no other, as the West End has the same amount of recorded crimes a year as the city centre of Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and Birmingham combined.

‘We think that we can cut crime rates in major cities like London, by nipping problems in the bud. Give greater powers to our front-line services to enforce against individuals engaged in anti-social behaviour – so often the first step on the path to more serious crime.’

Meeting new planning requirements for trees image

Meeting new planning requirements for trees

Concrete block permeable paving offers an important opportunity to help satisfy the requirement for extensive tree planting and retention of existing trees in developments. Chris Hodson reports.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Director of Children's Safeguarding and Care 

Gloucestershire County Council
Up to £116,391, plus relocation support
We are looking to fill this vital role at a very important time for us.  Our children’s services team is on an important journey of... Gloucestershire
Recuriter: Gloucestershire County Council

Corporate Director

Ceredigion County Council
£97,294 - £104,086
We are looking to recruit an ambitious and truly transformational leader to support the delivery of modernised and sustainable services to... Penmorfa, Porthmadog
Recuriter: Ceredigion County Council

Street Works Co-ordinator

Lincolnshire County Council
£21,153 - £23,791
Do you want to make a difference to how Street Works are managed within Lincolnshire? Lincolnshire
Recuriter: Lincolnshire County Council

Community Co-ordinator (Health inequalities)

Brent Council
£32,418 - £34,209 p.a. inc.
The successful candidate will have evidenced experience of working in a community environment. Brent, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Brent Council

Homelessness Prevention and Relief Officer

Brent Council
£32,418 - £34,209 p.a. inc. (pro-rata)
You must have an understanding of homelessness legislation, and an ability to learn legislation quickly with training, coupled with... Brent, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Brent Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue