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REFORM NEEDED SAYS ALG LEADER

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The government response to the Lords select committee report on central/local relations was a missed opportunity fo...
The government response to the Lords select committee report on central/local relations was a missed opportunity for radical reform to the legal and financial position of local government, according to Association of London Government chair Toby Harris .

Commenting at a conference in London, Mr Harris said: 'All the proposals that would make a real difference to the powers and status of local government were rejected.'

He said the lack of an elected strategic authority in London is one of the root causes of bad relations between central and local government.

'Until greater freedom in this area is granted, there is little hope for a substantial improvement in these relations as the balance is skewed too firmly in favour of central government,' said Mr Harris.
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