A councillor has today suggested that £27 million a year could be saved by replacing existing councils in Notts with a single unitary authority
Cllr Richard Jackson, who is chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s finance and major contracts committee, made the claim in a video released earlier today.
He said an outline business case for a unitary council published several years ago demonstrated that a £27m annual saving could be delivered if plans to create the single authority were approved.
He said: “That is £27m I want us to be able to spend delivering services that people rely on in the county.”
The video has been released a day after eight council bosses in Nottinghamshire voiced their their opposition to Nottinghamshire County Council’s ‘super council’ plan.
They wrote: “Our localities are very different, and the political leadership of our councils is very different, and yet we are united in our opposition to a single unitary council being the only option on the table.
“A single unitary council for Nottinghamshire would attempt to serve 828,000 people.
“This is way beyond the acceptable size threshold that you have articulated and that we expect to be confirmed in the forthcoming white paper.
“Only Birmingham City Council would represent more people.
“Scale can deliver economies, but too big breeds bureaucracy and inflexibility.
“Nottinghamshire County Council is already a very large organisation that struggles to react swiftly and responsively to local needs.
“Our residents deserve so much better.”
Nottinghamshire County Council is yet to comment on the letter.