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ADC WELCOMES NEW SINGLE-TIER COUNCILS

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The ADC says the decision to create 21 more new all-purpose councils is another major stride towards unitary local ...
The ADC says the decision to create 21 more new all-purpose councils is another major stride towards unitary local government for England.

The association welcomed in particular the decision to give all six Berkshire districts unitary status, and said that decisions in favour of Hertfordshire, Rutland and West Berkshire showed that the case for unitary status is just as strong for rural authorities as it is in urban areas.

The addition of Norwich and the Wrekin to the government's list of candidates who will have their case for unitary status tested under fresh reviews is also applauded.

The ADC says it is particularly disappointed that New Forest has been rejected - the largest district council to be denied 'despite strong local support', along with the Dorset rural districts.

Sir David Cooksey's appointment as new Local Government Commission Chairman has also been welcomed by the ADC.

Margaret Singh, ADC chair said: 'These latest decisions demonstrate how strong the case for unitary status is, and we hope that the LGC under a new chairman known for his fair-minded approach can steer a course that will add to the welcome decisions announced after a fair and proper process'.

'we hope that the LGC will complete all the new reviews by the end of December this year so that the new authorities are in place by April 1997'.

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