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Local Government gets most of its funding from central Government anyway, and arguable spends most of it quite inefficiently on local bureaucracies which tend add little value.  You must remember that even the National Government only covers a population of 4 Million - "Local" in the context of many larger countries - and some County Councils cover populations as small as 30,000.  I do accept there is a risk that the autonomy of local councils could be eroded further by this proposal and would not be averse to some form of "ring-fencing" to safeguard this.

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