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DISTRICTS EXPECT 'GOOD NEWS' IN DoE REVIEW ANNOUNCEMENT

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With the Department of the Environment preparing for a Thursday announcement about the Local Government Review the ...
With the Department of the Environment preparing for a Thursday announcement about the Local Government Review the Association of District Councils says ministers are poised to announce measures that will speed up the review. ADC secretary Geoffrey Filkin said he expected 'good news' from Environment Secretary John Gummer.

The ADC said in a statement today that it anticipates an aceleration of the review process aided by the introduction of precies new guidelines. The association says it wants to see more emphasis on county and district councils working closer together to come up with 'alternative options for change to the present two-tier council set up, and to produce joint submissions to the Local Government Commission.'

The association said this would have distinct advantages in that it would reduce public conflict between the commission and councils, the commission would spend less time acting as a 'referee' and time and money would be saved all round. Councils would remain free to send individual submissions to the commission.
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