Letters - Power from the people

Rob Blackhurst could have added to his critique of the "new localism" ("Haven't we all got enough on our plates?", 9 May) that it is all too often a form of covert privatisation. The assets of foundation hospitals, for example, have been transferred from community ownership to that of private individuals, who have put themselves forward as "members". Likewise, foundation (previously grant-maintained) schools are owned by those who happen to be their governors.

Robin Wendt
Chester