Council merger plans take step forward

Jerry Roodhouse

Jerry Roodhouse

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Proposals to merge all the borough and district councils in Warwickshire with the county council have taken a step forward.

County councillors voted on Tuesday to examine the idea of forming a ‘unitary’ authority. At present, the county council is responsible for a different set of services from borough and district councils – and some believe that combining them into one would save taxpayers millions of pounds.

Independent Dunchurch councillor Howard Roberts spoke in favour of the idea at this week’s debate. He said: “The financial savings that could be achieved with unitary status would allow Warwickshire to save at least £17 million per year. These savings would protect services and reduce council tax for the people of Warwickshire. As the savings would be achieved by efficiencies rather than frontline cuts it would seem to be foolish not to explore this option.”

 

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