10:55 AM, 28th June 2021, About a month ago 10
In Newcastle upon Tyne the local council wish to renew their expiring licensing schemes. After 5 years you would imagine that they would have solved any of the problems that they stated that Landlords were responsible for. Apparently not. I have seen no evidence.
In the 5-year period, I have seen no reports on progress from the Council. No explanation of where the money they forced you to hand over has gone. No explanation of which Landlords they have found to be responsible for the problems that required licences to be issued. Across the country, we seem to have unending schemes to license us, but when they are introduced we receive no explanation of what the Council does with their lovely cash we are forced to provide.
Does anyone know if there is a responsibility for Councils to account for their financial incomes and expenditures in these Licensing Schemes in public?
How are we meant to know what they have done unless they provide a full report? How are we meant to judge their actions unless full details are provided? We need to know what the Licensors (the Council) did when they did it and what the results were.
We have a whole country where Councils are forcing us to explain ourselves to them, on the basis that they know better how to solve problems than we do, and that we are mean to pay them to show us.
What can we do to get our Councils to account to us?
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