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Remote councils

Writing about the centralisation of local government in Britain today on the ConservativeHome website (follow link), Nick Cuff, a Wandsworth councillor, has some good points to make including an interesting table that shows just how out of step we are compared to the rest of Europe in terms of how big our councils are and therefore remote from their electors.

I am not sure that I would make councils any smaller but you could argue that they are big enough to look after themselves!

I repeat his figures – he does not say where they came from.

Country

Average population per council

Number of electors per councillor

France

1,580

116

Germany

4,925

250

Italy

7,130

397

Norway

9,000

515

Spain

4,930

597

Sweden

30,040

667

Belgium

16,960

783

Denmark

18,760

1,084

Portugal

32,300

1,125

UK

118,400

2,605

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