England's two tier local government structure should be replaced with a series of unitary authorities even if this ...
England's two tier local government structure should be replaced with a series of unitary authorities even if this costed more than the present system, Environment Secretary John Gummer said yesterday, the Financial Times reports (p1).
The paper says that Mr Gummer also announced the Local Government Commission for England would complete its work next year rather than in 1997. he backed unitary authorities because it was clearer where the responsibility lies, the FT says.
The proposed measures alarmed business leaders and led to angry opposition from county councils. In contrast the district councils which have campaigned for unitary authorities reacted positively.
The FT reports that the Association of District Councils' chief executive Geoffrey Filkin was delighted. It quotes the CBI as describing the revised guidance as 'fuzzy' and Josie Farrington deputy chairman of the Association of County councils as saying the case still had to be made for changing local government.