Local government was told it would be given “a fair deal” under a
Shadow deputy prime minister David Davis said, if elected, the
Conservatives would conduct a major review of local government
finance to give councils the freedom to spend money “to meet their
constituents’ needs, not Whitehall’s demands”.
“Across our public services, bureaucracy is out of control,” he
told delegates. “Local councils don’t work if they have to cope
with 600 inspection reports and 3,000 reviews.”
Davis pledged that the Conservatives would fundamentally change the
way public services were organised, increasing choice and
He said regional assemblies – Labour’s plans for more local control
– would mean “the end of real local government”.