The Government is considering a radical revamp of local authorities, says Jane Clifton, including abolishing regional councils.
They say you can’t fight city hall – but for politicians, it’s a different story. No one who has witnessed the recent ratepayer fury at council chief executives’ pay rises can doubt that local authority spending is one of this year’s big steam-gathering issues.
But in an unexpected lightning-strike on the sector, the Government is about to announce a top-to-bottom reform of local authorities, the principal aim being to restrict the ambit of council activities, their ability to borrow, and their ability to keep cranking up rates. Although Local Government Minister Nick Smith is ...
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