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BERWICK CODE CONFUSES COMMISSION

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A northern English town has been excluded from the Local Government Commission's consultations because it has Scott...
A northern English town has been excluded from the Local Government Commission's consultations because it has Scottish postcodes.

Berwick, a coastal town on the border between Northumberland and Scotland, was unable to take part in the first weeks of the commission's consultations on its proposal to retain the two-tier system in the county. The English and Scots have exchanged control of Berwick 13 times. It has been English for the past 512 years, evidently too brief a time to sort out an appropriate postcode.

'They were missed off the Royal Mail booking,' a commission spokesman said. 'When the delivery schedule came through from the post office these codes were not on it and we did not spot it.'
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