‘Think-tank want to axe 13 councils’ – Record

SCOTLAND’S 32 councils should be cut to 19, according to a report today.

Think-tank Reform Scotland say merging local authorities will make them stronger and bring power “closer to the people”.

Under their plans, North, South and East Ayrshire would become a single authority.

Clackmannanshire, Falkirk, Stirling and West Lothian would also be merged.

The report says councils should be able to levy a range of local taxes.

Reform Scotland chairman Ben Thomson said: “It is clear from the recent disappointing local election turnout that we have to take action against the erosion of local democracy.

“Britain is heavily centralised. The Scottish Parliament has reversed devolution by sucking up council powers.”