The Local Government Commission's decision to backtrack on its proposals to abolish Gloucestershire CC and set up u...
The Local Government Commission's decision to backtrack on its proposals to abolish Gloucestershire CC and set up unitary councils seems likely to provoke further conflict between the commission and the government, the Financial Times reports (p4).
Environment Secretary John Gummer has expressed his backing for a single tier structure in the county even if this would entail extra cost.
Commission chairman Sir John Bantam said Mr Gummer would be unwise to ask the commission to reconsider the decision before studying its report, the FT says. The commission has 'with regret' recommended preserving the status quo in Gloucestershire, having been unable to agree on a viable unitary structure.
The recommendations were welcomed by Gloucestershire Chief Executive Michael Honey but described by Labour local government spokesman Doug as 'a dog's breakfast'. Mr Henderson said five different solutions had been proposed for the first six areas covered by the commission, and the government had rejected one of them.