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Office for local government (OfLog) - put your own house in order, new devolution twist or prelude to more cuts and centre control?

Our local government sector is at the frontline of the cost of living crisis and is seeking ever more innovation in service strategy, delivery and funding. Thurrock has been called in due to some of its loans and will be scrutinized, it seems, not by Government appointed teams but by big sister Essex CC.

Is this straightforward "the sector knows best" and an example of sector level devolution around governance and regulation?  More central control? Or a new dawn for local and central government relationships?

In the wake of a new style of intervention in Thurrock Council, and as plans for the establishment of its new Office for Local Government gather pace, there are fears of creeping interference by the centre into councils’ affairs.


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