Commenting on a recent meeting with Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions civil servants, a paper from group secretary Stan Henig of Lancaster City Council says: 'I am particularly concerned with the way in which representations from Copeland and other district councils were handled. In effect, the statistical basis for these representations was demolished by statisticians representing the Special Interest Group of Municipal Authorities and the Association of London Government.
'These SIGOMA and ALG representatives are clearly highly skilled in standard spending assessment issues and they are likely 'to carry too many guns' as against representatives of individual district councils . . .
'Is it desirable that local authorities should be arguing between themselves in front of DETR officials and, in effect, doing their job for them? Does such public dissension help local government's arguments for greater financial autonomy?'