‘County out of sync on unitary plan’ – Porter

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County council plans to save £30million by creating a single unitary authority for Lincolnshire show “just how out of sync they are”.

South Holland District Council’s Tory leader Coun Gary Porter says his party were elected following a pledge to seek other partners for shared management to further cut costs – but he believes that creation of unitary authorities went out when the last coalition government came in.

SHDC already saves council taxpayers’ cash by sharing senior officers with Breckland District Council – and some administration work with East Lindsey District Council.

The county will debate several potential options for unitary authorities at a meeting in Lincoln on Friday.

County council leader Martin Hill told the BBC: “We have done some initial work and for example if we went for one unitary authority we would save about £30m a year.”

But Coun Porter said: “We don’t believe that unitary government is either efficient or effective, so it’s pointless.”