Meet up with Dave Prentis the General Secretary of UNISON at his offices in London. We discuss research APSE are undertaking as part of our research partnership with INLOGOV and CLES.
Dave is interested in the project on the value of public sector employment, but we also exchange views on our other projects on the economic footprint of local government and governance, neighbourhoods and service delivery. Dave is very keen on the idea of greening local authorities and councils setting an example on the environment through the services they provide. We close the meeting as Dave has to rush over to Westminster to meet with Patricia Hewitt.
Mark Bramah and myself then go to meet with Dave Wetzel the Deputy Chair of Transport for London, ironically not to talk about Transport but Housing. Dave is a supporter of the concept of Land Value Tax and Mark and me are interested to find out more about it and if it could be a potential solution to the many problems in social housing at present.