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SCOTLAND'S SMALLEST COUNTY SAVED IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT REVIEW

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Scotland's smallest county - Clackmannan - has been saved after the Scottish Office bowed to opposition pressure in...
Scotland's smallest county - Clackmannan - has been saved after the Scottish Office bowed to opposition pressure in the local government reorganisation debate, reports The Scotsman (14 May, p5).

The government has tabled amendments for the report stage of the bill this week. Under the proposals East Lothian and Midlothian were to have been combined but an amendment will split them into two distinct authorities.

And a Falkirk and Clackmannan authority was to be set up which would include Kincardine. The effect of the amendment is that Falkirk will become a single authority as will Clackmannan. Kincardine will become part of Fife Regional Council.

The chief executive of Clackmannan DC, Bob Allan, said the decision was a vindication of local people's fight to retain local government in the county.
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