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COUNCILS SHAKE UP TO COST£1.1BN CLAIM COUNTIES

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The conflict between councils over the local government review intensified yesterday as counties claimed transition...
The conflict between councils over the local government review intensified yesterday as counties claimed transitional costs of restructuring would be £1.1 billion, the Financial Times reports (p9).

John Gummer announced last month that he favoured replacing two-tier authorities with unitary councils even is this meant incurring extra cost.

The paper says that chairman of the ACC Dennis Pettitt said the government had already said there is not likely to be more money for local government next year.

The association's evidence came in a formal submission to the environment department. Using estimates which have been independently validated, it found that the costs of restructuring had been underestimated, and predicted an average cost of £27.2 million for each county.

The paper also reports that district councils claimed that polls in Durham, Derbyshire and Cleveland showed most voters wanted unitary authorities to replace the two-tier system.
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