A quick google check of Gary Porter shows him to be, er.., a Conservative councillor. Is he serious in suggesting that the HRA changes are totally in the hands of Civil Servants? Does Eric Pickles realise this?!
This wouldn't be the same Eric Pickles famed for his bashing of the public sector, would it? When did he discover he was powerless, nay, in such fear of opposing the directives of those evil people in the Civil Service?
Sorry, Cllr. Porter, this is being done by your own Conservative Party. Hiding behind the skirts of the Civil Service on this issue is simply laughable.