Sir John Banham has recently said that the transitional costs arising from reorganisation will average out at pounds 50/ pounds 60 per household. The Department of the Environment, the Treasury and the local authority associations are all aware of a forecast cost of pounds 1bn, and this is at a time when the focus is upon reducing public expenditure.
The transitional costs will have to be met by higher local taxes, larger government grant or cuts in local government services.
Your readers may not recall that the 1974 reorganisation led to an increase in government grant and the setting up of the Layfield Commission because of the public outcry arising from the increase in rate bills in April 1974.
All the evidence from the opinion surveys conducted for the Local Government Commission indicates that the public generally has no stomach for yet another costly reorganisation.
County Chief Executive
Surrey County Council
Kingston upon Thames,
22 NovemberReuse content