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DISTRICTS IN 13 AREAS MAKE FORMAL REQUEST FOR UNITARY STATUS

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Council tax payers would be saved a considerable amount of money under its new proposals designed 'to end confusion...
Council tax payers would be saved a considerable amount of money under its new proposals designed 'to end confusion, duplication and waste in local government', the Association of District Councils said today.

The announcement came as DCs in 13 areas submitted to the Local Government Commission their cases to become unitary authorities running ALL local government services in their areas. Seventy-five, all- embracing, all-purpose new councils would replace the present two-tier structure of 123 councils, including the 13 remote county councils.

The ADC says the new councils would be formed in many cases from the merger of small groups of neighbouring district councils with average populations of 165,000. This is, they say, well within the range of between 150,000 and 250,000 which the Local Government Commission considers can deliver the bulk of services to the community.

Under the proposals, the 75 new unitary councils would be created in the counties of Berkshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Cumbria, Devon, Hampshire, Kent, Lancashire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Staffordshire and Suffolk.
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