Magazine article Public Finance

Localists Have Won the Debate, Says Bruce-Lockhart

Magazine article Public Finance

Localists Have Won the Debate, Says Bruce-Lockhart

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The decentralisation debate is over and has been won by the localists, Sir Sandy Bruce-Lockhart told the conference's opening session.

'There is widespread recognition that the UK government is unigue in the degree of central control it exerts over public services and local government,' he told delegates on July 5.

'That centralisation has wasted the public's money, it has sapped the energy and innovation of front-line staff, it has denied local choice and eroded local democracy. That debate is won.1

But Bruce-Lockhart's remarks attracted disagreement from Sir Michael Lyons. 'The debate has been won where?' Lyons said. 1I would accept there is more enthusiasm for greater devolution but I don't think this debate is fully played out. …

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