I see that the Eric Pickles' pledge to restore weekly bin collections has finally been binned itself. The evidence from Stoke on Trent that restoring weekly bin collections would vastly outweigh the value of the grant does not surprise me. It was obviously just an expensive vanity project for a minister who cared more about headlines than good government. That is why no councils took it up. It made no sense. The £250 million cost of the fund dwarfs any savings that Pickles is likely to make as anti-corruption czar. This, despite his track record in weakening anti-corruption and anti-waste controls in office.
I get the impression that this government does not even care about its incompetence.