“AUSTERITY HAS MADE LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCIALLY UNVIABLE. RADICAL REORGANISATION MAY BE THE ONLY ANSWER”
9 APRIL 2017
Owl says: But alas not before EDDC has spent £10 million plus of our money on a new HQ which may be redundant before they move into it!
“Austerity has made local government financially unviable. Radical reorganisation may be the only answer” | East Devon Watch
They have been trying some sort of reorganisation next door:
Futures Forum: Dorset going unitary 'will help protect the frontline services' >>> 'Economies of scale now seem to require mergers or abolition of districts.'
However, the general election has put plans on hold:
Snap election prompts Dorset council to postpone merger referendum | Local Government Executive
Christchurch referendum deferred - Dorset news
And, to return to the reference from the EDW blog above, with special mention of 'the Christchurch question':
Local Tory councils must tackle revenue and reorganisation | David Walker | Public Leaders Network | The Guardian
Meanwhile, Polly Toynbee has not been pulling her punches:
Enemies of the state: the 40-year Tory project to shrink public services | Global | The Guardian