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Axeing councils can save £30m, says County Hall report

Leicestershire County Council leader Nick Rushton

Leicestershire County Council leader Nick Rushton

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

 

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