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TIMES LETTERS COVER RESTRUCTURING AND LONDON GOVERNMENT

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A letter from Dennis Pettitt, chairman of the Association of County Councils is one of four on local government reo...
A letter from Dennis Pettitt, chairman of the Association of County Councils is one of four on local government reorganisation featured in the Times today (p19).

In his letter Mr Pettitt points out that the government is looking to contain public spending and that reorganisation could costs up to £1.3 billion or more. 'These costs would all go on bureaucracy', writes the chairman.

If the government does press ahead with reorganisation Mr Pettitt says that the result must be local authorities which have the strategic capacity to plan and provide cost effectively for their areas.

A letter from Lord Dahrendorf and others says that they welcome the fact that the Secretary of State for the Environment has recognised the need for London's administrative functions to be coordinated. They call for a debate on this and say London needs some forum which does not have allegiance to the Cabinet.
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