Who Stole the Town Hall?

The End of Local Government As We Know It

Peter Latham

Who Stole the Town Hall?

Peter Latham

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

152 pages | 5 x 8
Paper $24.00 ISBN: 9781447337270 Published May 2017 For sale in North and South America only
In this provocative book, Peter Latham argues that the UK Conservative Government’s devolution agenda conceals their real intention: to complete the privatization of local government and other public services. Using illustrative examples from across the United Kingdom, including the so-called Northern Powerhouses and the Midlands, Who Stole the Town Hall? explains the far-reaching implications of this reorganization of local government—a reorganization already affecting vital public services, including education, health, housing, and policing. Proposing an overhaul of the UK taxation system—including land value taxation, a wealth tax, and a more progressive income tax—to fund an increase in state-provided services, Latham argues for an alternative economic and political strategy, a vital new basis for federal, regional, and local democracy.
Review Quotes
Jane Lethbridge, University of Greenwich
“Latham provides a vivid account of how the power of local government has been reduced by central government and hollowed out by the private sector as well as makes important suggestions for rebuilding it.”
Kevan Nelson, North West regional secretary, UNISON
"Latham’s passion for democracy and social justice shines through in his detailed critique of the latest wave of neoliberal attacks on local government."
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