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MP calls for 'super-authority' to oversee East Lancashire
10:01am Monday 4th March 2013 in News
AN MP is calling for a ‘super authority’to oversee East Lancashire.
Hyndburn and Haslingden MP Graham Jones has called for an overarching ‘East Lancashire Authority’ to replace Pendle, Burnley, Rossendale, Hyndburn, Ribble Valley and Blackburn Councils.
Mr Jones believes the move would save money and be more efficient. He said: “There has been some discussion recently regarding the idea of reorganising of East Lancashire local authorities.
“It’s driven by frustration at the two-tier system where Lancashire County Council has almost 80 per cent of the council tax and cuts to local district councils that go so deep they are no longer able to provide services efficiently.
“Many across East Lancashire feel having six executives in each department, six managers in all senior posts is wasteful and duplicitous. Hyndburn and Burnley Borough Councils are in the top eight local authorities in terms of how much they are being hit by budget cuts.
“We shouldn’t hold on to existing structures simply because they have been there for a long time or that little empires are vestiges of democracy.
“It will save money, it will cut out duplicity and protect services; protect those who rely on councils for adult social care, for education, and for all the other services that are being hit by the Government’s cuts. Services provided from a distant Preston.
“It’s time for more localism and it makes sense to look at how these services are delivered in East Lancashire. If a pooled, unitary and eastern-based local authority could better deliver services under the financial realities of the day then why should we oppose it?
“Now is the time to provide better, cheaper and more democratised services to our residents.”
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