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COUNTIES FACE LGA ISOLATION

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Districts and mets are forging ahead with plans for a single local authority association, despite last minute oppos...
Districts and mets are forging ahead with plans for a single local authority association, despite last minute opposition from county leaders.

On Wednesday the Association of District Councils' general purposes committee decided the Local Government Association should go ahead even if some councils do not join.

The committee is to propose to a special meeting of the association on 24 April a motion that 'instructs the executive committee to take such necessary steps to bring about the dissolution of the ADC and any other consequential action needed'.

Last week county group leaders said they were opposed to establishing the Local Government Association next year, after environment secretary John Gummer announced an extension of the local government review. Instead they want a federal structure to start in 1997.

'If this proposal goes under it will set local government back by decades. We hope the counties will join us, but we intend to proceed with the Local Government Association anyway,' ADC chair Margaret Singh said on Wednesday.

Association of Metropolitan Authorities chairman Sir Jeremy Beecham has reaffirmed his support for a single association, raising the prospect of counties being isolated from the rest of local government.

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