This is not something that is going to happen in the current parliament, but it is widely acknowledged that local government legislation is long overdue for a complete rewrite. Alongsidethis sits the ongoing debate about local government reorganisation. Legislation always struggles to keep up with societal changes and the 1972 Act, even with all the subsequent additions and modifications, leaves so many grey areas. Many of our discussions on this forum end with a statement along the lines of "that's probably legal/illegal, but there's no specific legislation, so it would have to be tested in the courts." Change will happen, but don't hold your breath.