For a regime that is constantly berated by central government for its alleged failings and inadequacies, local government has actually delivered the goods and services to local communities. Contrary to what central government might think of the ability of local government to meet local needs, the fact that there are relatively few serious complaints laid at local authorities' doorsteps indicates that the present system has, by and large, served people well over the last 20 years.
In the shadow of the local government review, an old joke is brought to mind: the pedestrian, when asked by the motorist for the way to Northampton, replies, 'Well, I wouldn't start from here if I were you]'. While many in
local government would echo those sentiments, the likelihood of Sir John Banham and his team delivering something better as a result of his roving review is not high.
Professional Services Manager
The Institue of Chartered
Secretaries and Administrators
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