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?