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Local government reform is long overdue - Alex Maskey

16 December, 2011 - by Alex Maskey

Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has welcomed the decision by the Executive to push ahead with reform of local government by reducing the number of councils from 26 to 11.

Alex Maskey said:

“This is about streamlining local government, making it efficient, effective, democratic and value for money for the rate payers throughout the North.

“The antics of Department of Environment Minister Alex Attwood are negative and obstructive. Just several months ago his party published proposals supporting a change to 11-councils and now he has stood that policy on its head just to cause obstruction and play party politics.

 “This is a necessary reform that is long overdue and something that the general public have been asking for. Reducing the councils will enable more authority to be transferred to local government from Assembly departments and ultimately unelected quangos.

 “At the heart of this local government reform will be the principle of equality with a variety of safeguards to ensure that councils are run on a fair basis and deliver services to the whole community.

“Equality is the watchword and removing duplication will lead to more accountable, efficient and value for money services for all the ratepayers.”

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