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OPINION - VIEWPOINTS

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Should the white paper be delayed?...
Should the white paper be delayed?

'Depends whether the mandarins know what's in Sir Michael's report'

Mary Collins

Democratic services manager, Richmond upon Thames LBC

'I don't think it will make any difference. As reform is not a vote catcher it is likely to disappear into the long grass.'

Andy Gardiner

Head of law, Runnymede BC

'Having pre-empted the energy review, why not pre-empt the local government one

as well?'

Jan Britton

Environment services manager, Buckinghamshire CC

'This white paper is too important to ignore key pieces of work that will inform decisions - the delay is fine.'

Ann Woodward

Head of policy and performance, East Riding of Yorkshire Council

'Not delaying would be like buying a house, without knowing who is to live in it and then chopping and changing the family to fit the house.'

Andy Thompson

Housing services manager,

Allerdale BC

'It makes no sense to publish a white paper before the final Lyons report.'

John Harrison

Director of strategic resources, Peterborough City Council

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