Magazine article Public Finance

Woolas Praises Quality of Unitary Status Bids

Magazine article Public Finance

Woolas Praises Quality of Unitary Status Bids

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Sixteen of the 26 bids for unitary status submitted by local authorities have been approved and will now go out to public consultation.

Local government minister PhU Woolas unveiled a larger than expected number of successful bids on March 27, which he said was a reflection of the high quality of the applications.

There are three pairs of competing bids, and a Department for Communities and Local Government spokesman confirmed that no limit had been set on how many would get the green light, meaning that 13 could be approved.

Announcing the shortlist, Woolas said: 'The bids that local authorities submitted show that they are up for improving the services they offer to their communities by making them more responsive, effective and efficient.

'We have been impressed by their quality, value for money and their cross section of support, which is why we can now go much further and proceed to the next stage in 13 areas. …

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