To carry out many important policy responsibilities they would need to operate through some kind of joint committee which brought together a number of authorities too small to carry out the responsibility by themselves. Such arrangements would detract from accountability because the committees would not be separately elected, and would have no mandate and few sanctions. They would in practice be another form of two-tier local government, but less accountable.
There is no point in changing local government structure unless accountability is strengthened at the local level.
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