Local Government academics warn of devo “tug of war” between CAs and Mayors

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Writing in the MJ this week former chief executive of the Local Government Information Unit, Dennis Reed and emeritus professor of local government at De Montfort University, Steve Leach warn that the Government’s approach to devolution is setting up combined authorities and Mayors for a “future tug of war” over executive powers. They ask whether high profile candidates like Andy Burnham will “accept being chairs of the combined authority when they see themselves in the Boris/Ken roles?”, and warn that the transfer of executive powers to Mayors will leave “hollowed-out local authorities with fewer councillors, leaving them as little more than glorified town councils”.

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