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REORGANISATION INCREASED COSTS

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Academic analysis of this year's CIPFA review of budgets in Scotland reveals that reorganisation has failed to yiel...
Academic analysis of this year's CIPFA review of budgets in Scotland reveals that reorganisation has failed to yield significant savings and is actually costing the taxpayer more.

In an article for The Scotsman, Arthur Midwinter, professor of politics at Strathclyde University, says the total comparable administrative costs of the new system is £645.7 million, as opposed to the old system's annual cost of £645.5m.

He says the increase comes despite job losses, with an estimated 7,000 jobs, including around 600 senior officer posts, being lost.

The average band D council tax payment has risen by 17% from £574 to £672.

Professor Midwinter accused government ministers of 'hiding behind the false prospectus of efficiency savings'.
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