Published: 28th Aug 2020

Merging districts and county councils in England could deliver £3bn in savings over five years and ‘maximise’ the benefits of economic growth and housing policy, according to a new report.  The report from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for the County Councils Network (CCN) shows merging district and county councils in each area into a single unitary council could save £2.94bn over five years nationally. The report concludes a single unitary in each area would reduce complexity and give communities a single unified voice to government. It would provide a clear point of contact for residents, businesses and a platform to ‘maximise’ the benefits of strategic economic growth and housing policy; integral to the ‘levelling-up’ agenda and securing devolution. However, the report shows replacing county and districts with two unitary authorities in each area would reduce the financial benefit by two-thirds to £1bn over five years, with three unitary authorities delivering a net loss of £340m over … (To read the full article, subscribe below)