South Holland wins ministerial praise for sharing chief executive

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South Holland District Council and two other councils sharing the same chief executive have been singled out as “champions of the week” by a Government minister.

Writing in ConservativeHome, local government minister Brandon Lewis praises South Holland, Breckland and Luton councils for slimming down their management to save public cash and protect services.

South Holland council leader Gary Porter said: “I am obviously pleased that the Government are recognising the work we have done.”

South Holland’s shared chief executive with Breckland, the £124,000 a year Terry Huggins, bowed out on January 31 paving the way for a temporary three way share with Trevor Holden stepping in to look after those two councils and Luton.

Coun Porter said South Holland is now looking for a permanent three-way share – bringing in a different council to replace Luton – but it won’t be with a Lincolnshire district.

He said: “Nobody in Lincolnshire wants to talk to us.”