If the 1998-99 annual report is to be believed, councils have a fair grants system, they are on their way to getting a power to promote the social, economic and environmental well-being of their areas, and Whitehall is working hand-in-hand with local government in a concerted attack on urban decline.
In the future 'the number of quangos will fall . . . More decisions will be taken locally', it promises.
Local Government Association chairman Sir Jeremy Beecham said the government had done 'reasonably well', on local government issues in its first two years.
'In other respects it has done pretty well, except perhaps a little over-prescriptive in areas such as education and the draft Bill [on organisation and standards].'
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