Local authorties criticised over unitary plans

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Local authorties criticised over unitary plans

The deputy leader of Northamptonshire County Council`s hitting out at the borough and district councils in the area over plans for unitary authorities.

Heather Smith says she`s disappointed they`re outlining what they don`t want to happen to simplify local government in Northants without discussing all the options first.

She also says it’s essential that any decision that is made is done so with full consultation with the people of Northamptonshire rather than something that is just done by politicians.

“What is most important at this stage is not to allow our thinking to be restrained by looking simply at council structures. We need to be bolder and looking at integration with health, broader regional transport planning and devolved powers from government. Only by doing this will we create the best public services and get the best deal for the people across the county. ”

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