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RUTLAND TO CONSULT NEIGHBOURS OVER JOINT SERVICE PROVISION

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Rutland DC chief executive Allen Dobson says the authority will be talking with neighbouring councils on how it wil...
Rutland DC chief executive Allen Dobson says the authority will be talking with neighbouring councils on how it will be delivering specialist services if it becomes a unitary authority, reports BBC Leicester.

Environment secretary John Gummer said yesterday he would accept the recommendation that it becomes a unitary provided it proves it could cope with the changes and effectively run schools and social services.

There was no doubt the test of local identity was met, but the area had a population of just over 30,000.

Mr Dobson said the authority was confident it could cope. It had already been talking with consultants over a period of months.

'As far as the services the minister was referring to - education and social services - we realise that in some cases there will be a need for joint arrangements to deliver some of the specialised services, we will be talking with neighbouring authorities with a view to putting those in place', added Mr Dobson.
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