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Local Lib Dems Believe Big Savings Possible By Reorganising Local Government

November 13, 2013 6:11 PM

At their Annual General Meeting last week, members of Kenilworth and Southam's Liberal Democrats group discussed plans for possible changes to the structure of local government.

Against the background of the £92 million budget cuts facing Warwickshire County Council, LibDems are calling for an all-party debate about how local government in the county could be reorganised to give greater value for money to hard-pressed council tax payers while preserving vital public services.

As the Leader of Warwickshire County Council embarks on a round of conversations with the public over the savings that have to be made, LibDems say it is time that all political parties face up to the opportunities which merging county and district/borough services under a Unitary Authority could bring.

LibDems hope that the other political groups will engage fully in this debate, which has been in the shadows for too long. The financial pressures facing the public sector are immense, and are not going to go away. The County Council is also facing a review of its electoral boundaries before the next county elections in 2017.

The AGM heard how feedback on the doorstep confirmed that many local residents are confused about which services are provided by the different Councils that exist in the county. Richard Dickson, Chairman of Kenilworth and Southam LibDems, said "The public can't understand the present multi-layered system and local LibDems believe that the time is right to open up the Unitary Authority question for debate."