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Lyons calls for less central control

Sir Michael Lyons has voiced concern about the amount of central government influence on local authorities in England in his interim report on local government. The former chief executive of Birmingham City Council says that, though performance management and inspection frameworks have improved services, it "appears to have some drawbacks in terms of confusion and complexity". Public opinion work for the study reveals that 61% of respondents think councils should set public transport...

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