Reader's letter: Not fit for 21st Century
When I worked for local government in Merseyside in the Sixties and Seventies I felt we were providing essential services for people because we were closer to them and their real concerns.
But then, having moved to Nottinghamshire, it was in the Eighties that central government began to micro-manage local government, with those then in charge disposed to maintain existing institutions, promote private enterprise and put forward rules and regulations without any consideration of the effects on regional diversity, while at the same time lacking any foresight and the need of social and government reform in the 21st Century.
Central government, virtually a two-party system, always seems to believe that one solution will fit all the problems it faces, while at the same time, and over many years, has cut back on the finance that enabled local government to provide the many and varied essential services that people need.
These days it comes up with money for specific purposes, which show little discernible effects, tinkers with everything on a day-to-day basis and has little idea on how they are run often with ever-increasing costs, or has the ability to solve the problems they have created in the process.
Given the present-day situation, which stems from Brexit and the covid pandemic, we are now in a cost of living crisis, together with an international situation of considerable concern.
Were it not for the many charitable organisations, this country would be far worse off.
Central government is no longer fit for purpose as it stands today in the 21st Century. — A. M. WADDINGTON, Sutton-on-Trent.