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Bigger is still Not Better – a report by Professor Colin Copus

Category: DCN Updates | Reports
Published: 22 March 2022

Bigger is still Not Better – a report by Professor Colin Copus

This timely new report from Professor Colin Copus, Emeritus Professor of Local Politics, De Montfort University and Visiting Professor, Ghent University is an update on 2020’s ‘Bigger is not Better’. The report refreshes the evidence base on the impacts of changing local government size, and dispels the myth of guaranteed efficiency, effectiveness and cost reduction as a consequence of increasing the size of local government. The report also covers:

  • The vital role districts will play in connecting communities to levelling up efforts
  • The leading role districts have in fostering collaboration between councils and other organisations
  • The further work needed to encourage more inter-council joint working, instead of reorganisation to achieve levelling up ambitions

The report can be read here.

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