Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Could a Leicestershire super council save £25 million a year or erode democracy?

In recent weeks, as Councillors continue to deal with the financial challenges facing local authorities, many of us have been talking about the future of Local Government in our County.

A number of Councillors have suggested that one way to save money would be to merge the services provided by District Councils, such as North West Leicestershire District Council, with the County Council. It is argued by those who are suggesting the idea that up to £25 million pounds a year could be saved after transition costs have been recouped.

On the other hand many people are worried that merging councils will dilute local democracy and accountability, that it is vitally important that local people determine the services they receive at a local level.

As your County Councillor in Whitwick and Thringstone I would love to know what you think.

Do you think we must keep our district councils? or, Is having just one unitary council the way forward?

If you have a view about the future of Councils in Leicestershire please feel free to leave a comment, alternatively why not take part in the poll on this site?

3 comments:

  1. What ever happened to localism is my comment. A Unitary Authority may save money, but what about local access and for that matter local jobs?

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  2. Would this mean a total closure of the council offices in coalville or just shifting the workload etc?

    I can't see people wanting to travel to leicester to discuss issues with the council such as housing etc, but yeah it sounds like it would clearly save money.

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    1. It's important to note that this is an idea very much at early stages.

      However, I think it is fair to say that 'front office' functions, such as housing, would remain very much in the localities and through 'multi-channel' (phone and internet) where back office and management, for example accountancy, may well move to central locations.

      One argument of a 'super council' is that there would be more money available for front office services as back office efficiencies can be more easily made.

      Of course, that always has to be balanced against the possible loss of locality based decision making.

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