Cut back on government

First published in Letters

I agree with Jonathan T Clark’s (Argus December 20th) sentiments regarding trimming local governments.

There are currently 50 councillors for 20 wards in Newport which seems ludicrous after you take into account AMs that represent Newport in assembly. Too many tiers of government means less action and more costs.

Mr F Wallis Courtybella Gardens Newport

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3:55pm Wed 2 Jan 13

Llanmartinangel says...

This was all Blair's doing. Government employees massively increased to not a lot of effect. The introduction of another tier of bureaucracy suited the purpose well. It's why when the Welsh Assembly was offered, no counter arguement was effectively put. If the taxpayer had been told the actual cost in terms of cutbacks to things they actually wanted/needed, we might have seen a different result. Instead they sleep-walked into it.
This was all Blair's doing. Government employees massively increased to not a lot of effect. The introduction of another tier of bureaucracy suited the purpose well. It's why when the Welsh Assembly was offered, no counter arguement was effectively put. If the taxpayer had been told the actual cost in terms of cutbacks to things they actually wanted/needed, we might have seen a different result. Instead they sleep-walked into it. Llanmartinangel
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5:38pm Thu 3 Jan 13

Owain Vaughan says...

If people want a say in the way they are run that is an argument in favour of more local government not less. However it is not necessarily an argument in favour of more tiers. More smaller unitary councils would work better if the regional tier was removed.
If people want a say in the way they are run that is an argument in favour of more local government not less. However it is not necessarily an argument in favour of more tiers. More smaller unitary councils would work better if the regional tier was removed. Owain Vaughan
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