It is also difficult to see how the halving of elected councillors would add up to better representation. On the officer front, each new unitary would no doubt want new heads for services, such as education and social services, thus duplicating the numbers of directors far beyond the recent countywide structure.
Finally, the cost of the upheaval. For the districts' favoured option, in Kent the payback period of the pounds 75m transitional costs for tax payers would stretch for 107 years. Nationally, the districts themselves have now admitted the bill is likely to be well over pounds 1bn.
The case for change has still not been made.
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