State burying councils in new rules

Despite many years of broad political consensus to cut red tape, the flow of new regulations, circulars and procedures imposed by the state on local councils has grown explosively. A research project conducted by a student at Aarhus University looked at three specific areas – schools, at-risk youth and water regulations – and found that the amount of new rules being dictated by the government in those areas had grown by 51 percent. Peter Birch Sørensen, the head of a productivity commission appointed by the government, said the numbers suggested that many unnecessary rules are being imposed. – Politiken