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Taking "Local" out of Local Government

December 28, 2018 2:49 PM
Originally published by Southwell Liberal Democrats

Tory Plan to Scrap Councils

Faced with a £54 million shortfall by 2020, Conservatives at County Hall want to scrap all Borough and District Councils in Nottinghamshire to create one "Super-Council" run from West Bridgford. Savings of £20-£30 million are promised to answer the County Council's financial woes. However County Durham, which went Unitary in 2009 and cut 2700 jobs, still has to make £39 million of cuts. It is a similar story for Cornwall and Wiltshire Unitary Councils.

Never Ending Austerity

The real problem facing the County Council is continued Government funding cuts. By 2020, 60p in every £1 will have been stripped out of funds to Local Councils. With less money, the Super-Council will still have to clear up any financial mess inherited from the old County Council. The Conservatives are also ignoring the up front reorganisation costs which will be at least £18 million.

Keep It Local

Liberal Democrats believe decisions involving planning and development, caring for the environment and provision of leisure facilities are best made by Councillors who know and understand the local communities. Conservatives used to argue the same. Not any more.

Put on Ice

Faced with opposition from most of the District Councils, the plans have been shelved for the time being. however to whole excercise has cost £250,000. that could have filled quite a lot of potholes!