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COMMISSION CHALLENGED TO STAND UP OR STAND DOWN

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The Local Government Commission should reassert its independence from government or resign, a leading local governm...
The Local Government Commission should reassert its independence from government or resign, a leading local government expert said this week.

The commission's position has now become 'untenable', Steve Leach, senior lecturer at Birmingham University, says in a paper published last week by the cross party European Policy Forum.

Councils will have strong grounds for challenging its decisions in court because of inconsistency in its approach, the paper says. 'The need for reorganisation in the first decade of the next century to repair the damage done by this one looks increasingly likely', Mr Leach predicts.

Mr Leach told LGC the commission must either 'continue to make recommendations that make sense to them', such as the retention of two tiers, or resign.

Unitary authorities based on city or rural regions would provide a way for the commission to establish its credibility, Mr Leach suggests. These city regions would mean expansion of their boundaries to minimise the need for joint arrangements, he says.
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