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ADC SAYS REFORMS DEPRIVE PUBLIC OF SAVINGS

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The Local Government Commission has cost the public possible savings and benefits amounting to many millions of pou...
The Local Government Commission has cost the public possible savings and benefits amounting to many millions of pounds by failing to deliver reforms creating single-tier councils across most of England, according to the Association of District Councils.

In the nine areas where the commission opted mainly for the status quo, people had been denied savings of £22.5 million a year in running costs, claimed the ADC.

This compared with the commission's claim of £135m in a one-off saving, it said.

Association chair Margaret Singh said commission estimates of £100m a year savings in areas where unitary councils will replace the two-tier structure showed the benefits of unitaries would outweigh initial costs.

'Retaining a two-tier system cannot honestly be described as a saving to the public. People will still be paying for duplication and confusion. Unitary councils would not only save millions in the long run but be more efficient and better deliverers of local services,' said Ms Singh.
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