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GUMMER MAY FORCE STATUS QUO CHANGES

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Environment secretary John Gummer is considering rejecting recommendations not to change council structures in Lanc...
Environment secretary John Gummer is considering rejecting recommendations not to change council structures in Lancashire, Kent and Cambridgeshire.

Tuesday's Guardian newspaper said Mr Gummer had decided to order the Local Government Commission to reconsider their recommendations for the three counties.

But the report was described by the DoE as 'preposterous' and 'completely unfounded speculation'.

In the past the government has asked the commission to reconsider recommendations when a majority of districts in the county have opposed them. These majorities are now far from certain in many of the areas where the commission has recommended no change.

The commission met this week to decide most of the remaining county areas. Questionnaires sent to households by pollsters NOP and letters sent to the commission continue to show strong support for status quo.

For table of reponses to NOP county surveys, see LGCNet, 9 November.

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