Knee-Capping Local Government

  • K. Newton
  • T. J. Karran
Part of the Public Policy and Politics book series


This final chapter will consider the current state of local finances, concentrating particularly on the topical and highly controversial question of recent government policy. The government has introduced some wide-reaching legislation in the last few years, with still more to come, and in this rapidly changing situation it is not possible to provide a completely up-to-date account of the system. It is also difficult to take a detached view of the particularly heated battle which envelops local government at present. Nevertheless most writers agree that the policies and practices of the Conservative governments elected in 1979 and 1983 introduce profound questions for the future of local democracy in Britain, so some attempt at an assessment of the present state of affairs should be made.


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