Fifty northern counties and districts are on tenterhooks ahead of next week's report by the Boundary Committee for ...
Fifty northern counties and districts are on tenterhooks ahead of next week's report by the Boundary Committee for England on its final proposals for local government reorganisation.
With the committee set to report next Tuesday, there was little indication this week of what it would propose, according to affected councils.
It will produce at least two options for unitary reorganisation for the six county areas under review, which will be put to voters in referendums on regional government this autumn.
The ODPM's official line is that reorganisation will only proceed if voters back regional assemblies.
However, many local government commentators believe ministers may reform council structures regardless of the referendum results.