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MHK claims Infrastructure Minister has done 'nothing' on local authority reform

Harmer accused of 'taking a back seat'

An MHK claims the infrastructure minister has done nothing to progress local authority reform during the Quayle administration.

Lawrie Hooper says Ray Harmer has 'taken a back seat' on this subject, and shown 'no willingness' to drive reform on issues like housing at a local level.

On Monday (29 July), Mr Harmer praised moves by Arbory and Rushen Commissioners to explore a merger, calling it part of the 'organic' transition of local authorities.

But this approach has been called in to question by Mr Hooper, who's calling for more to be done:

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