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COMMISSION BACKS SURREY CC OVER UNITARY COSTS

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The Local Government Commission has backed Surrey CC in telling the district councils in the area to not count the ...
The Local Government Commission has backed Surrey CC in telling the district councils in the area to not count the cost of selling county buildings against the cost of setting up five new unitary authorities.

The Commission has written to all the district councils in Surrey to tell them that savings in accomodation had already been taken into account when arriving at the start up costs estimate.

Surrey CC chief executive Derek Thomas said:

'I hope the district councils will now ensure that any publicity reflects the true position. Otherwise local people could be mislead into supporting the move for five unitary authorities without realising one way or another that the £40-44m bill will have to be met'.
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