'I am not convinced - despite the ODPM's view that sustainable communities, regeneration and housing are not synonymous.'
'It's a good idea so long as integration takes place more than just in name and the outcomes appear on the ground.'
Director of strategic resources, Peterborough City Council
'History has invariably taught us that merging disparate bodies into new 'super agencies' more often than not doesn't work.'
Recruitment strategy manager, Doncaster MBC
'Perhaps a merger of all departments, including the Treasury, might lead to a more effective streamlining -
it is UK plc after all.'
Director of development and environmental services, Swale BC
'We have a concern that, given the nature and background of the organisations, the private rented sector could continue to be overwhelmed.'
Director of policy, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health
'It's a good idea as the core remits overlap. However, not all their functions will fit together snugly.'
Performance improvement manager,