The impact of Scottish local government reform on local economic development

Keith Hayton

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    If the timetable set out by The Scottish Office in its recent Consultation Paper, "Shaping The New Councils", goes according to plan there should be a new system of local government in Scotland by April 1996. The Paper makes out a case for reform based on such factors as a lack of understanding of the existing system and the difficulties that residents have in identifying with some of the larger authorities. It then goes on to outline the principles upon which the new system should be based. Despite this attempt at objectivity there must be a suspicion, however unjustified, that reform will be used to increase the power of Central Government at the expense of the local authorities. Such suspicion is particularly strong with regard to local economic development, a local authority
    activity that has tended to be regarded with some ambivalence by Central Government. Accordingly this paper will consider the likely impact of the reform
    proposals upon local government's economic development role.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)57-60
    Number of pages4
    JournalQuarterly Economic Commentary
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 1992


    • Scottish economic development
    • local government reforms
    • Scottish economy
    • Scottish councils
    • Scotland


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