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HIGH LEVEL OF SUPPORT FOR STATUS QUO SAYS SWITHENBANK

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The public showed a high level of support for retention of county councils when it was put as an option in opinion ...
The public showed a high level of support for retention of county councils when it was put as an option in opinion polling, Association of County Councils vice chair Ian Swithenbank told BBC Northampton.

The Local Government Commission's preferred option for Northamptonshire is to replace the present two tier system with three all purpose councils, but a group supporting the county council's continued existence believes the commission could finally recommend its retention.

Results of opinion polling in the county are due soon and they could be good news for the county council, said Mr Swithenbank.

'In 80% of cases there has been a very high level of support for existing systems, and it may well be the case in Northamptonshire. I believe the public opinion polling will dictate what the recommendation is from the commissioners rather than what they may have suggested at the beginning.

'We have seen in recent weeks original suggestions from commissioners being changed by them in the light of public polling, and I am very pleased about that', added Mr Swithenbank.
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