Proposals being drawn to scrap all district councils in Leicestershire

Leicestershire County Council Leader Nick Rushton has set out plans for a huge shake-up, which would see all eight district councils scrapped and an entirely new one formed.

The council leader believes a single authority would reduce costs and improve services.

The proposal would see Leicestershire County Council disbanded and Harborough District Council, Melton Borough Council, Charnwood Brough Council, North West Leicestershire District Council, Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, Blaby District Council, and Oadby and Wigston Borough council scrapped.

It’s estimated running only one council would save £30m each year by having fewer chief officers, senior staff, councillors and offices. The money would be reinvested in services.

Options will now be drawn up – including proposals for a consultation with residents, businesses and other partners for discussion by the council’s Scrutiny Commission, Cabinet and full County Council later this year.

Nick Rushton said: “I believe the time has come to consider having a modern, progressive council for Leicestershire, to replace the county council and the seven district councils.”

“Whilst I have my own preference of a single council with direct links to local communities through towns and parishes, there may be other options to consider.”

“For now, we must accept that the two-tier local government system which remains in parts of England is broken, bureaucratic, old fashioned, confusing, inefficient and takes money away from front-line services. A unitary council would save money, as well as simplify and improve services.”

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