Cathy Newman, FactCheck, posts on the requirement of Eric Pickles for local councils to share more services and comments on the proposed amalgamation of Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster - three authorities which have announced plans to merge, creating a supersized council with a whopping budget of just under £2bn. She links to this article from the Hammersmith and Fulham News which carries the headline "Shared services 'to protect frontline'".
In January 2009 I posted about Multi Area Agreements here (rather a long post but one worth 'following through') and showed how this was a cover for the implementation of the EU NUTS programme. This requirement of Pickles is nothing more than the continuation of the process, begun by Hazel Blears (who remains a Poisoned Dwarf).
One of the reasons given for low voter turnout is that of the voters themselves who frequently complain that it doesn't matter who they vote for because nothing changes. Yup, all we seem to have done is exchange the Poisoned Dwarf for the Fat Controller!