It’s only a month until chancellor George Osborne sets out his 2013 budget. Once again it is expected that it will focus on growth and no doubt contain some new wheezes to lift the economy out of its prolonged stagnation. But the government is in danger of initiative overload with previous proposals having little chance to bed down before new ones come trundling down the tracks. The government’s plans for reforms to planning, infrastructure and employment rights, set out in the growth and infrastructure bill, are a case in point. They say a week is a long time in politics and it certainly is when it comes to planning. Local authorities and communities were just starting to get to grips with the planning provisions of the localism act. This promised community empowerment and heralded a new era of localism. But then the growth and infrastructure bill came along. Far from … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Jennifer Tankard
Jennifer Tankard is chief executive of Responsible Finance