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COASTING COUNCILS CRAMP CLASS ACTS

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Most councils will be in the coasting category of the league table of local authorities, according to head of the p...
Most councils will be in the coasting category of the league table of local authorities, according to head of the prime minister's Office for Public Services Reform Wendy Thomson.

Dr Thomson was heavily involved in writing the local government white paper.

'Coasters will be in good company,' she said. 'Our impression is most will be in the coasting category. There are way too many coasting authorities. There are way too many which are waiting for all this to go away.'

She believes having more powers and freedoms for the best councils is the only way to stop them being held back by the worst: 'When you treat all councils the same you treat everyone as failing.'

Dr Thomson stressed the freedoms being offered had to be matched by sharply improved performance: 'Especially in education and social services. The postcode lottery is no longer acceptable. The deal is that if local government wants to continue to have responsibility for delivering these

services, then it has to deliver to an acceptable standard.'

The ring-fencing of education funding would have little effect on how most councils allocated funds, she predicted.

She emphasised the speed with which the white paper proposals could be implemented: 'Almost nothing needs legislation - this means we can get on with it.'

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