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CHANGES NEED TO GUARANTEE FUTURE OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT

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Cosla president Keith Geddes has called on the government to show a commitment to local democracy, warning that it ...
Cosla president Keith Geddes has called on the government to show a commitment to local democracy, warning that it was being under mined by an inadequate system of local government finance.

Speaking at a conference in Glasgow yesterday, Mr Geddes pressed for changes otherwise, he warned, local government faced a slow but certain demise.

'The difficulties facing councils cannot continue,' he said.

'If we believe in strong local democracy, if we believe in real decision making at a local level and if we value the services provided by local government, changes have to be made and quickly.

'We cannot continue with the present system which, by definition, distorts accountability, indeed removes accountability from local government and transfers it to central government.'
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