Ann McGauran 16 June 2020

EXCLUSIVE: 'Make local elections a "mini-referendum" on fair funding'

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The main parties at the Local Government Association (LGA) could turn next year’s local elections into a ‘mini referendum on fair funding for all councils’, according to the director of the Political Skills Forum.

Writing online for The MJ, Paul Wheeler said that with the elections planned for earlier this year deferred until next year, ‘the comprehensive nature of next year’s elections gives councillors ‘a golden opportunity to agree a joint statement on what is needed for effective local services’.

He added: ‘There will always be political debate on how the money is spent, but we desperately need to get away from allowing central government to play one set of councils off against another.’

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