September 2009 | Davy Jones Consultancy

John Denham is by general consensus a “good bloke” and takes local government seriously. So when I received the press release about the consultation paper, Strengthening Local Democracy, claiming that it “heralded the biggest single transfer of power to local government in a generation”, I was temporarily quite excited! Until I read it….. The consultation paper is many things, but “the biggest single transfer” etc, it ain’t. All hail scrutiny It makes the right noises about councillors and local people...

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