Published: 1st Sep 2020

District councils have warned that bigger local authorities are not necessarily ‘better or cheaper’ as the debate over reorganisation intensifies. The District Councils Network (DCN) has today (1 September) published a new report, which argues that lower tier authorities should play a key role in the government’s forthcoming Devolution and Local Recovery White Paper. It argues that district councils ‘represent the best of local government’ and that government should deliver ‘genuine devolution’ which drives local growth. It comes just days after the County Councils Network published a report of its own, which claimed that merging districts and counties could save £3bn over five years. The DCN report calls for an upper population limit for any new unitary authority of 500,000 people to prevent an ‘unacceptable divergence from the principles of electoral equality’. ‘The primary case for county unitary councils focuses on achieving scale and savings,’ the report states. ‘However, as … (To read the full article, subscribe below)