An internal memorandum from David Miliband, the minister for communities and local government, to John Prescott, the Deputy Prime Minister, proposes an end to the two-tier structure of district and county councils that operates across much of the country.
The memo, passed to The Daily Telegraph, argues that the existing set-up is inefficient, wasteful and confusing.
The move comes as the Home Office completes plans to merge the county constabularies and reduce 43 police forces to about 15.
Mr Miliband says this and other reforms offer "a significant opportunity for Government to think cohesively about how we run local services and govern at a local level".
He adds: "We need to make sure that any changes are considered together with those of the police, health and other structural reorganisations that are currently being proposed.''
There is far too much local government, al chattering away to each other as "stakeholders".
Let me propose a simple outline of reform.
Abolish the Quisling Regional Assemblies and all their hanging on "partnerships".
Abolish Local Authorities.
Channel 100% of local spend Government money through the County Council, with it having the power to decide spending - this should cut a lot of the duplication of quangos.
Give Parish and Town Councils a greater role and let them take over much of the local authority's roles.
There you are simpler, more accountable and cheaper - how much for that consultants report?