Unitary Ipswich a step closer

IPSWICH has moved a step closer to becoming an all purpose unitary authority after the Government shortlisted its bid.It means the council will now have to consult with residents and business to ensure there is full public support for the bid and to reassure ministers that the financial case stacks up.

By Graham Dines

IPSWICH has moved a step closer to becoming an all purpose unitary authority after the Government shortlisted its bid.

It means the council will now have to consult with residents and business to ensure there is full public support for the bid and to reassure ministers that the financial case stacks up.

A final decision will be made before the parliamentary summer recess, when ministers expect to give the go ahead to eight counties and districts to run their own affairs.


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Liz Harsant, the Leader of Ipswich Borough Council, said: “This is excellent news and I am so pleased for the people of Ipswich. All we want is a chance to move power closer to the people and to deliver

even better and more cost-effective services by cutting waste and duplication.

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“We have a real opportunity now to make improvements in many areas, such as schools, community involvement and democratic engagement, and to put Ipswich first.

“A unitary Ipswich council is the only system that will help us do that. It is brilliant to be on the list but this is only a step for us. Now we will continue our major consultation exercise with local people, businesses and other stakeholders. I want to thank our stakeholders, residents and staff for their support.”

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