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Local Government is facing what could be an existential crisis. How can it be saved?

Some of you may think that the title of this piece is another example of hyperbole. You might be right as the local government has faced crises before. However, as someone with 30 years’ continuous service as a local councillor, I do think that what we have come to expect concerning local services could be something we will in future only read about in history books unless something is done to reverse the downward spiral.

Especially since WW2 governments of all political hues have over the years progressively emasculated local councils, not only by taking many of their responsibilities away from …

Posted in Local government, News and Op-eds | 37 Comments
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    I certainly do not agree with everything that the Lib Dems hold dear, but I do believe in being pragmatic and except situations as they are and although Sir Ed ...
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    It seems a bit off to learn of a policy you didn't expect or agree with on a tv show. How could this happen? Where is the disconnect between leader and party me...
  • David Raw
    If Sir Edward had said this in the Leadership campaign before he was elected, would the result of that election been different ?...
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