Local councils do have the power.. they just don't use it

WHO do you trust more, your local council or the Scottish Parliament?

In my experience, the Parliament wins hands down. On a democratic mandate alone, elections attract more voters than councils, where turnout is under 40 per cent.

But opposition parties still want Holyrood powers transferred to local government.

Councils are often responsible for the decisions that anger voters most. School closures, class sizes, poor planning and potholes can be traced to the town chambers.

Problems in A&E are mainly because councils are slow to sort the community support packages needed by older, frail people. That means they stay in hospital so fewer beds are free...

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