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Councils in charge

Local authorities are about to become a lot less dependant on central government

By Harvey Cole   May 2006

The May local elections will be seen, in the main, as an opinion poll on how long Tony Blair should remain as prime minister; with sub-themes being the progress of David Cameron and the challenge of the BNP in some parts of the country. This “nationalisation” of local elections is an old story. But meanwhile some rather big things are happening in local government, largely unremarked on by the national media, and “localism” has moved closer to the top of the policy agenda of all three main parties.

The first notable change is that one of the main complaints about…

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