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Javid approves district mergers

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The mergers of two pairs of district councils in Suffolk have been approved by the homes and communities secretary.

In a statement today, Sajid Javid backed the merger of Suffolk Coastal and Waveney DCs to form a single East Suffolk DC, and the separate merger of Forest Heath DC and St Edmundsbury BC to create West Suffolk DC.

Explaining the decision, which is subject to parliamentary approval, Mr Javid said: “I have reached my decisions having regard to the criteria for district council mergers I announced to the House on 7 November.

“I am satisfied that these criteria are met and that both new district councils are likely to improve local government and service delivery in their areas, command a good deal of local support, and that each council area is a credible geography.”

He added that the intention is to establish the new councils on 1 April 2019, with the first elections held in 2 May.

Mr Javid announced in November that he was minded to approve the proposals.

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