‘Graham Allen MP urges referendum on devolution for England’ | B. Wheeler- BBC

‘Graham Allen MP urges referendum on devolution for England’ | B. Wheeler- BBC

Sir Merrick Cockell, who heads the umbrella group of councils in England and Wales, said the current model of council funding – where local authorities get most of their money directly from central government – was outdated and inefficient.

He called for councils to determine their own funding levels, spending priorities and appropriate taxes and for a major shake-up in Whitehall in which five departments would be merged into an Office for England to drive provision of local services.

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