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BSA SURVEY WILL SHOW MIXED RESULTS FOR LOCAL GOVT

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People have more faith in their councillors that they do in their MPs, according to the British Social Attitudes su...
People have more faith in their councillors that they do in their MPs, according to the British Social Attitudes survey due to be published tomorrow and exclusively previewed in The Guardian (Society p2).

Asked if councillors lose touch with people pretty quickly, 47% of respondents agreed, 23% disagreed and 28% were neutral.

But fewer that one in three thought that councillors could be relied on to place the areas' needs above the party's all or most of the time.

And local government comes near the bottom of the table of institutions which the public thinks are well run, reports The Guardian.

Those who both lived and worked locally appreciated local government more than those who worked out of the area.

Only 24% agreed that 'private companies can always run things more efficiently than local councils', according to the survey by Ken Young and Nirmala Rao of London University.

The BSA surveys are carried out by Social and Community Planning Research.

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