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No plans to scrap borough council

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 31, 2014

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STAFFORDSHIRE County Council will not put forward plans to axe the county’s district and borough councils, its leader has said.

Philip Atkins was speaking in light of Leicestershire County Council’s decision to investigate the benefits of scrapping district councils in favour of becoming a unitary authority, while the same proposal is also being considered in Warwickshire, as local government budgets continue to be squeezed.

But Councillor Atkins (pictured) said the measure was not right for Staffordshire, meaning that East Staffordshire Borough Council will be safe from the axe, and that he would focus on working with partners from other counties to cut costs.

He said: “There are lots of ways within and outside our boundaries that we can save money and retain democratic accountability.”

Any proposal to become a unitary authority would need to gain the support of the district and borough councils.

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