Published: 23rd May 2011

In spite of the lack of public awareness at times, local authorities in the UK actually have a great deal of responsibilities – being involved with social care, schools, housing, planning and much more. This confusion has in part been due to the complex relationship between central and local government. With many differing tiers of local authorities each offering different services, it is unsurprising that citizens can be unclear as to the levels of service they should expect and from whom. This situation can become even more heightened due to the ability of central government to make changes to the services which councils are obliged to provide and those which will be provided nationally. To improve democratic accountability it is important that local authorities receive the credit for running these effectively for the local taxpayer and held to account at the ballot box if and when levels of service reach … (To read the full article, subscribe below)