'Transport, infrastructure, planning, economic development and skills are already integral to the work of local authorities.'
'It would make a lot of sense for these functions to be under the control of locally-accountable bodies and
co-ordinated with others.'
'Fewer grand statements and more talking to real people about what they want may well be a faster way of meeting the needs of our customers.'
Head of communications, Shropshire CC
'While greater local determination would be welcome it must be supported by better planning and cooperation.'
Head of policy and performance, East Riding of Yorkshire Council
'Councils have more powers already - more often it is the will to change and resources to invest that are lacking.'
Environment services manager, Buckinghamshire CC
'Without at least regional co-operation, piecemeal decision making in local areas will not solve the problems of local communities.'
services manager, Wansbeck DC