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Besides post offices, what should authorities take over?

“None. They should support and enable social enterprises and other community organisations to run services.”

Eric Robinson

Corporate director (social care and health), Staffordshire CC

“It is easy to get enthusiastic about taking over the village pub, less so about the village church, but perhaps we should be aware of some local authorities’ experience of trying to maintain village schools.”

Terry Parker

Director of commerce and technology, Huntingdonshire DC

“Using Northern Rock as an example, the sky is now officially the limit as to the services we can manage in the public sector!”

Guy Holloway

Head of corporate development, Kettering BC

“I think we need to be careful that we don’t become ‘Jack of all trades, master of none’! Services that are complementary, like utility payments, would fit well with making people’s lives easier, but please draw the line
at lottery machines and bingo cards.”

Terry McDougall

Director, Solace Enterprises

“There are arguments for councils to have responsibility for doctors’ surgeries. One could also make a strong case for services provided by PCTs but I suspect that might seem like tanks being parked on the lawn”

Christopher Woodley

Head of policy and partnerships, Gravesham BC

“This is not about takeover, it is about local and national partners working together to ensure services meet needs. Post office closures are hitting rural areas hard. This is a national problem that should have been worked out locally before closure became the final option.”

Ann Woodward

Head of performance and strategic Partnerships, East Riding of Yorkshire Council

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