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Why we say small can be beautiful

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When John Denham announced the creation of unitary councils in Exeter and Norwich, sceptics argued that their small populations would make the plan unworkable.

LGC asked Exeter and small unitary authorities in Bracknell Forest and Rutland to respond:


“The decision on Exeter’s unitary status is a vindication of four years of campaigning”

Philip Bostock, chief executive, Exeter City Council

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“Our council is close to the community. Corporate priorities flow from departments’ knowledge, producing a clear sense of ownership and encouraging people to come out of their silos”

Cllr Paul Bettison, leader, Bracknell Forest Council

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“With a population of 38,000, may could have argued that Rutland cannot be feasible. But it works: it is feasible and small really is beautiful.”

Helen Briggs, chief executive, Rutland Council

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