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Blog from David Thomson, Past TAG President and just retired Chief Executive, Mendip DC

I’ve been musing about the shape and role of the council of the future.

I don’t suppose I’ll get very close to the real answer, which will develop over the coming months. However, at a recent conference I attended I did pick up a couple of pointers. Strangely for me, we talked about the problem of obesity in children. A recent survey has looked into the fault and blame. So who is at fault for childhood obesity – 80% of residents think parents are to blame. Then when the same people were asked who should be responsible for tackling the problem – only 30% thought parents should and more than 80% thought the government should (they were allowed to say that more than one person or organisation had a role to play). There is a dislocation between responsibility for the problem and accountability for the solution. So if the public expectation is that their local authority should solve problems and at the same time do it with less money, then how are we going to face the challenge?

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