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By John Stewart, Gerry Stoker

Designed as a follow-up to an identical editors' winning e-book the way forward for neighborhood govt, neighborhood govt within the Nineteen Nineties presents a definitive and updated account of the key alterations that have taken position within the service provider, administration and key parts of carrier supply in united kingdom neighborhood executive less than Thatcher and significant, and a number interpretations of most probably destiny advancements. Reviewer's reviews at the predecessor quantity: 'Against a historical past of frenetic legislative task the way forward for neighborhood govt is a such a lot welcome [and]...stimulating booklet and one that may still shape the root of a much-needed dialogue concerning the destiny course of neighborhood govt within the country.' Michael Thrasher, Political stories

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The 1990 capital control system proved effective and robust. Although authorities complained about the relatively low levels of Tony Travers 21 capital expenditure allowed, the system itself worked reasonably well. However, the degree of central control over local authority capital activity now available to central government is very considerable. Council tax Council tax was born in the aftermath of the Conservative Party leadership election which saw the removal of Mrs Thatcher and the arrival of John Major as Prime Minister.

Poll tax riots' made headlines, while 'council tax introduced with few problems' was less newsworthy. The future of local government finance Whether or not the council tax can provide a robust local tax in the long term is still uncertain. Because it raises only some 20 per cent of Tony Travers 25 authorities' revenue income, local government remains heavily dependent on central support. Small changes in the level of Revenue Support Grant (RSG) can have a far greater effect on local taxation and expenditure than decisions made by councillors.

The impact of competitive tendering will be considered under five headings: the financial implications, the effect on service quality, the effects on the management of local authorities, the impact on the role of the politician, and the impact on staff and industrial relations. 1 28 Kieron W a/sh 29 The pressure for competition The pressure for the introduction of competitiOn m local government came from within the Conservative Party, from the various 'think-tanks' of the New Right, such as the Centre for Policy Studies, the Institute of Economic Affairs and the Adam Smith Institute, from the private sector and the academic world, and from within local government itself?

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