Ministers Decide to Wipe out County Councils
Chris Blackhurst, Westminster Correspondent, The Independent (London, England)
ALL 39 English county councils are to be abolished in what one minister has called the "biggest shake up in local government since the Domesday Book".
Thousands of senior management jobs will be cut and millions of pounds of council properties left empty as counties that go back to Saxon times cease to exist as administrative units.
The decision, taken recently by ministers involved in the local government review, represents a major shift in policy. This weekend the Association of County Councils called the idea outrageous.
It had been thought some counties would survive the search for "unitary" authorities to succeed the two-tier district and …
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