Clegg spoke to the LGA conference this morning and got a pretty good reception. Mind you he was assisted by a particularly sycophantic question from the Leader of Portsmouth City Council that was so obsequious that it brought groans even form the Clegg supporters in the hall.
Nevertheless he brought good news that will genuinely gladdened the hearts of all those who want to see the independence of local government strengthened. We will be moving to a situation where we can raise locally about double the money we do now. Clearly there needs to be a centrally governed equalisation mechanism but the guarantee that no local authority will be worse off than they are now under the grant formula is not a bad start. We await the detail in the consultation document