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ADC HITS OUT AT REORGANISATION DELAY

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The Association of District Councils expressed its extreme disappointment at the government's decision to delay imp...
The Association of District Councils expressed its extreme disappointment at the government's decision to delay implementation of new unitary authorities until 1998 - a year later than planned.

Among those particularly affected are Nottingham City Council and Plymouth and Torbay in Devon. It will have been three years between the Local Government Commission's recommendation that they should have unitary status and implementation.

When the secretary of state announced the review process in 1995 he said he wanted unitary status for these authorities as soon as possible. The commission finished its work ahead of schedule.

ADC chairman Peter Greenwood said he deeply regretted the government's decision. He added: 'The government must make outstanding decisions as quickly as possible, and get the necessary Orders through parliament, so that those concerned can get to work on planning their new unitary authorities.'
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