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COMMMISSION MOVES CLOSER TO CONFLICT OVER DERBYSHIRE AND DURHAM

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The Local Government Commission yesterday moved closer to conflict with the government with drastically revised pla...
The Local Government Commission yesterday moved closer to conflict with the government with drastically revised plans for the structure of councils in Derbyshire and Durham, the Financial Times says (p12).

The paper says that in the commission's final recommendations for both counties urban areas have been split off to create unitary authorities with the two tier structure remaining for the rest.It points out that plans announced by the Commission in May called for the two tier structure to be abandoned in both counties.

Sir John Banham, chairman of the Local Government Commission, told local government minister David Curry that districts could make new joint proposals for unitary authorities in the areas where he had called for the status quo to be retained.

The Association of District Councils said districts would be producing options for merged councils, according to the FT.
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