Birmingham Dec 11, 2014 0:43:05 GMT
Post by strinity on Dec 11, 2014 0:43:05 GMT
No, no, I don't want to break Birmingham up, just that Birmingham is too big for the unitary authority structure it currently has. Imagine that 1974 had given us a Greater Manchester but with no Manchester Borough Councils.
Not an apt comparison as Greater Manchester has over twice the population of Birmingham and multiple towns which see themselves as distinct from, if not fully independent of, Manchester. The only part of Birmingham to which that might apply is Sutton Coldfield and even that has a weaker case for separation than many believe.
There is simply no evidence that Birmingham is "too big for the unitary authority structure". If anything there ought to be more unitary authorities of its size, then there would be more economies of scale in local government and more officers with experience of administering such an area. For example while the London boroughs are generally well run there is certainly no need for 32 of them.