Local politics, Politics

Let’s abolish Suffolk County Council – it’s far too large to be democratic or effectively meet people’s needs

Babergh should become a unitary – even Babergh District Council would be a far bigger local government body than most places in Europe.

Table one: Average municipal population of some Western European countries (2007)

Country Inhabitants (in millions) Municipalities Average population
France 64,4 36,683 1,754
Portugal 10.6 4,251 2,518
Switzerland 7.7 2,740 2,811
Spain 45.8 8 5,650
Germany 82.0 12,312 6,660
Italy 60.0 8,101 7,412
Norway 4.8 430 11,161
Finland 5.3 416 12,804
Belgium 10.8 589 18,251
Sweden 9.3 290 31,918
Netherlands 16.5 443 37,214
Ireland 4.5 114 39,035
Denmark 5.5 98 56,239
Babergh District 85,000
United Kingdom 61.6 434 142,015
Suffolk County Council 700,000

Data from: Loughlin, Hendriks & Lidström, 2011 (eds.), Appendix 1.

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