Are super-councils the way forward?
Three Conservative London councils are making plans to merge all their services and create the UK's first "super-council". Will this harm local democracy?
The three councils, Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster, say the planned merger could save up to £100m a year.
Under the merger, each authority would keep its political identity with its own elected leaders and councillors. However, critics say a wholesale merger would damage the local provision of services and standards would fall with fewer staff having to cover a bigger area.
Will super-councils keep costs down but risk the delivering quality services? Would you like to see your council merge to keep costs down? Will the planned merger harm local democracy?
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