A single council for Leicestershire would save more than £30m per year, accord- ing to an independent report published this week.
Leicestershire County Cou ncil commissioned the report, by consultants Ernst and Young, after local MPsmooted the idea of a unitary authority. The county council has to save £110m by 2018.
The report reveals savings of up to £31.4m per year if Leicestershire’s seven district or borough councils were disbanded, helping to protect frontline services and reduce Council Tax bills by an average of 3.1 per cent or £37 per year.
But critics say County Hall is a remote place to most Leicestershire residents ans is seeking to sacrifice the districts to solve its financial woes.
County council leader Nick Rushton said: “I’m not advocating an immediate campaign, either for or against. But, at a time we must save a third of our budget and front-line services have to be reduced, this report is an important contribution to the public debate. We’re happy to hear from the public.”
The report is available at www.leics.gov.uk/unitary_council_report