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STRATHCLYDE WATER REFERENDUM PLAN HITS LEGAL COMPLICATIONS

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A plan to hold a full scale referendum on the future of water services in the region may be abandoned by Strathclyd...
A plan to hold a full scale referendum on the future of water services in the region may be abandoned by Strathclyde RC after taking legal advice, Tuesday's Herald reports (p6).

The council has earmarked almost £1 million for a voting in person poll, but has heard that council members would be safer from surcharge if they opted for a postal ballot, which would cost around £600,000. The fear is that choosing the more expensive option might not go down well with the Audit Commission.

The council is fighting to keep water services in council control, in the face of a propose transfer to government appointed boards.
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