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'WHITE PAPER DELAY MUST NOT DAMAGE LOCALISM ASPIRATIONS'

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Commenting on the delay* of the local government white paper, Dennis Reed, chief executive of the Local Government ...
Commenting on the delay* of the local government white paper, Dennis Reed, chief executive of the Local Government Information Unit said:

'It was always going to be a strong possibility that the change of secretary of states would mean that the white paper's release would be placed into cold storage until after the summer. The big question is whether the new minister will buy into the localism direction taken by David Miliband or whether we will see a change in direction away from 'double devolution' to more centralist evolution.

'There is an opportunity to build on a consensus amongst the local government family that strengthened local democracy was the only answer to successful reform of public services. Over the summer we will be campaigning hard to ensure that this consensus is not lost.'

* written parliamentary statement

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