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Statements from BC/DC Leaders and LCC Leaders on Unitary Proposals

Statements from BC/DC Leaders and LCC Leaders on Unitary Proposals

The leaders of Blaby, Charnwood, Harborough, Hinckley and Bosworth, Melton, North West Leicestershire, and Oadby and Wigston councils issued a joint statement on 29th October 2018.

It said: "We would like to thank the Leicestershire MPs for their joint letter to all district and county council leaders following their meeting with the Secretary of State to discuss our proposed review of the current model of local government in Leicestershire and the county council's promotion of structural reform of local government.

"The conclusion of the MPs, supported by the Secretary of State, that no such change is necessary and work towards it should cease immediately reinforces what the districts have previously stated, that local authority structural reform will only happen if all parties are working together and in agreement.

"We understand and respect their concerns and therefore the district councils will not be pursuing any proposals for structural change.

"Districts have always worked together and we will continue to collaborate with all partners in order to deliver the best possible services to residents."

In response County Council Leader, Nick Rushton, said: "I am disappointed that the Leicestershire MPs have come to these conclusions so early in this process. We have just started the conversation and it's too soon to draw the debate to a close.

"I understand that this is a difficult topic and we are challenging the status quo. But we face serious financial challenges here and we cannot simply reject ideas which could potentially save many millions for the people of Leicestershire without the proper discussion.

"I look forward to hearing more fromthe people who matter most, namely our council tax payers and amongst others, the business community and our partners across the public and voluntary sector, before we finalise any possible proposals."

Posted: Thu, 01 Nov 2018 11:32 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: LRALC, Guidance, unitary