Jane Dudman asks whether the unprecedented local authority cuts will result in the end of local government as we know it. She highlights the situation in Birmingham. “The figures are staggering: £600m must be taken out of Birmingham City Council‘s budget alone by 2017. As historian and Labour MP Tristram said: ‘the cuts put at grave risk the heroic, civilising function of local government,’” she writes. Privatisation and outsourcing, the mantra of right-wing governments, no longer hold much appeal, she adds.
- Heseltine’s Plans-Get Cautionary Seal Of Approval-But Get It Right Or Else (acefinance.me)
- The end of local government? (guardian.co.uk)