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EX-SOLACE PRESIDENT BOYNTON DAMNS LOCAL GOVERNMENT REFORMS

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Sir John Boynton, first president of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives, has criticised the planned lo...
Sir John Boynton, first president of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives, has criticised the planned local government reforms in the Times (p7).

He claims that a wholesale revision of local authority structures should be unnecessary less than 20 years after the sweeping reforms of 1974, and warns that the Government's expectations of savings are unrealistic.

He argues that the reorganisation will result in increased centralisation and the marginalisation of local government, with the loss of a large proportion of experienced staff and demoralisation of remaining staff and councillors.
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