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Leader responds to proposed new unitary

The leader of Charnwood Borough Council, Cllr Jonathan Morgan, says a proposal to create a single unitary authority for the whole of Leicestershire is "unlikely to happen".

It follows an announcement by the leader of Leicestershire County Council today about exploring "having a new council for Leicestershire”.

Cllr Morgan said: “To be very clear, this proposal is unlikely to happen - it would require an Act of Parliament, and the Government has publicly said that it won’t give parliamentary time for proposals, without substantive support from local MPs, district and county councils, and the public.

“There may be a strong case for reviewing the local government structure in the county, but any proposals need to have the backing of all those involved, following proper debate.

“Over the coming months, other, better supported options, are likely to come forward and provide the same levels of savings, but with better local representation.”

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