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CENTRALISATION LESS EFFECTIVE IN HIGH TECH WORLD, STRAW TELLS IRRV

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The technology revolution has freed individual needs and not, as the Conservatives believe, made central planning b...
The technology revolution has freed individual needs and not, as the Conservatives believe, made central planning beneficial, said Jack Straw speaking at the IRRV conference in Torquay today.

'The microchip has led to customisation and specialisation rather than to more and better mass production,' he said. 'Centralisation is less not more efficient in the modern world. Yet because the government has wanted to increase control over local government spending, it has relied on database rather than Councillors to determine local need.'

Mr Straw continued to say that Standard Spending Assessments depended on administrative and political judgements and could not be substituted for 'a mathematical model'.
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