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EXPERT BELIEVES NEW SCOTS COUNCILS 'ARE DOOMED'

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A period of turbulence and then a further reorganisation is predicted for local government in Scotland, by Strathcl...
A period of turbulence and then a further reorganisation is predicted for local government in Scotland, by Strathclyde University professor Arthur Midwinter.

Prof Midwinter believes it will take place either because the smaller councils prove not to be viable or as part of a devolution package if Labour comes to power, reports The Herald (p12).

He warned yesterday: 'If devolution does go ahead, a Scottish parliament will find it very difficult not to take over the major services of education, police, and perhaps water.'

His new book, Local Government in Scotland, Reform or Decline?, is published today.
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