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ACC CONF: LATEST COUNTY SURVEYS BACK STATUS QUO

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Support for the status quo dominates the findings of the Local Government Commission's surveys on reorganisation op...
Support for the status quo dominates the findings of the Local Government Commission's surveys on reorganisation options for Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Northumberland And Suffolk.

Only in Northamptonshire did support for any form of unitary system rival the two tier option: 34% of respondents favoured a unitary Northampton with a two tier system for the rest of the county.

But 41% wanted to see the existing two tier system retained.

Support for the status quo was strongest in Northumberland where 85% of respondents opted to keep the present system.

The second favourite option for Northumberland - two unitary authorities - polled only 11%.

In Suffolk 74% of those surveyed supported the status quo, with 19% opting for three new unitary councils plus a new council combining Waveney (in Suffolk) and Great Yarmouth (in Norfolk).

Norfolk respondents also backed the status quo: 65% wanted to keep two tiers while 31% opted for four unitary councils and the combined Waveney/Great Yarmouth council.

But while the polls show strong support for the status quo, their standing is marred by the poor response to the surveys. In all four counties, the response rate struggled to reach 10%.

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