Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Why Not Cut at Local Level? Views of the North

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Why Not Cut at Local Level? Views of the North

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I'M sure that your readers will hope that 2012 will hold out more cause for optimism than many predict and in this vein, I hope the year brings hope to all.

I wonder if any of your readers can shine light on a subject which is of some topical import namely why the current government have not considered other ways of saving money apart from the savage and imprecise cut to local budgets of both local and civil government.

We've been told that we must change our democracy (reduce the number of MPs by 50, reduce parliamentary boundaries etc) to give it a much-needed boost.

But why have the government not moved this quickly to tackle the issue of 'overrepresentation' at a local level? We have over 10,000 elected representatives across local government and there has been no mention of this issue. A conservative estimate would place a value of over pounds 10m on member's allowances alone and a sensible approach to this would at the very least, question the numbers given the budget of local government has been cut by roughly one third. …

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