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Christchurch Borough Council has warned it could take legal action if the Government forces it to merge with Bournemouth and Poole councils.
Abolishing district councils and replacing them with single unitary authorities could save £2.9bn a year, a think tank has argued.
A referendum on joining a new unitary authority will be held by Christchurch Borough Council, after reports the Government in 'minded' to support the proposal.
The secretary of state for communities and local government yesterday agreed to support plans to create two new unitary authorities in Dorset.
East Dorset councillors have voted to join a joint committee to study proposals to replace the county’s councils with two unitary authorities.
Dorset council leaders have reaffirmed their commitment to a radical local government overhaul that could save the area over £100m.
A special joint cabinet meeting has ‘unanimously’ agreed that plans to create a single council in West Suffolk will be considered by all councillors.
Three Oxfordshire councils today submitted a unitary proposal despite concerns this could upset a joint working partnership between two district authorities.
Christchurch councillors have voted in support of a referendum on plans to create two new unitary authorities in Dorset after receiving ‘mixed results’ from previous consultations.
Oxfordshire County Council formerly agreed yesterday to submit its unitary bid to Government in what the leader described as a ‘hugely important decision’.