Mr Blackhurst's ministerial source appears to be ignorant of the statement in the Guidance to the Commission that the Government does not require 'wholesale abolition of either district or county councils'. His source's slender grasp of arithmetic leads him to suggest that small-scale unitary authorities would save staff, when in reality more would be needed. For every county surveyor or director of social services, education director and so on, there would need to be two or more. So the prescription now being suggested means a more top-heavy management structure and more expensive local services.
I wish to make quite clear that the Association of County Councils will continue to fight for competent, cost-effective, strategically based and accountable local government, whether under a unitary or two-tier structure. We will have no truck with the abolition of county councils and their replacement by mediocre and ineffective district-sized authorities.
Association of County Councils
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