Unitary authority can reverse Gloucestershire's vanishing local government
Our cash-strapped councils in Gloucestershire are struggling to maintain vital services, from children’s services to fixing potholes. Which is why we urgently need to reform the way our district and county councils are structured.
The situation in Gloucestershire is now critical and I raised this directly with the government minister in Parliament this week at a special debate. Gloucestershire is in danger of being left behind - and missing out on funding.
It is one of only two counties in the south west which are not becoming unitary - which would improve democracy, efficiency and services. We need strong local councils capable of delivering the services that people deserve.