LETTER: Is it time for a change?

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There are very many people on low or modest incomes who simply cannot afford ‘affordable housing’ to rent or to buy.

Our problems stem from the sale by Margaret Thatcher of the nation’s council houses of which few, if any are left.

Today’s Daily Telegraph carries a front page story headed: “Mrs May has trhe chance to remake Britain, but will she do it?” Probably not, given her other problems. For it would take unconfirtable decisions on a Trump scale to achieve it.

But, a thought on the matter. In West Sussex alone we have a county council and seven district councils (and yes, a further 150 or so town and parish councils). Each of the district councils have around 50 councillors who collectively draw upwards of £250,000 PA or some £2million for the seven. Each have some 450 employees (plus contractors) the cost of which are not traceable.

Could the county be run efficiently by just four district councils, or less? The premises could be demolished and council houses and care homes restored on council land. Funding would be met in large part by the savings made, and continued Government grant.

Adopt such change on a national basis and, over time, a ‘remade Britain’ may emerge. What, I wonder, do your readers think?

Anthony Bennett

Albourne Road, Hurstpierpoint

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