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EAST CAMBS CLAIMS REVIEW OF CAMBRIDGESHIRE IS FLAWED

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The review of local government in East Cambridgeshire is fundamentally flawed, East Cambridgeshire DC said today. ...
The review of local government in East Cambridgeshire is fundamentally flawed, East Cambridgeshire DC said today.

After a meeting to discuss the district's response to the review, which began officially on 13 December, John Brooks, chairman of East Cambridgeshire's review working party said the authority was particularly worried about the cost implications of change. And, he said the district had found no real evidence of support for change.

On costs he added: 'There will be savings in the long term but who will meet the £15 million it is estimated to cost in redundancy payments and new computers? Who will benefit from any savings in the longer term? I doubt that anyone believes their council tax will be reduced as a result of reorganisation.'

Accepting that change is possible the district said that the public and the Local Government Commission should be invited to consider a merger of East Cambridgeshire with South Cambridgeshire. 'In addition, nearby communities in South Fenland should be free to join this rural authority if they want to.'
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