News on Telly last night Shropshire will have a unitary authority - you may not think this important but arts orgs including VAN have had far more support from local authorities ie Dom at SABC than they have ever had from SCC. I post the news from the SCC website below
From the SCC websiteThe leaders of Shropshire County Council and Oswestry Borough Council have welcomed the Government’s decision to implement the joint One Council for Shropshire proposal.Malcolm Pate, Leader of Shropshire County Council, said: “I am very pleased at this decision, having long believed that our One Council proposal offers a great deal for Shropshire people. We have shown in our proposal that by merging Shropshire’s six main councils into one we can deliver even better value for money, at the same time as fairer and more joined-up services. This go-ahead from Government means that they also believe we can achieve this."“Now that we’ve got the go-ahead, it’s very important that everyone involved in the re-organisation gets round the table together. We need to have on board the talented and committed staff we have in all our councils. And we must make sure, working together, that we make the very most of this opportunity to get the best outcomes for Shropshire people,”David Lloyd, Leader of Oswestry Borough Council, said: “This announcement finally clears the uncertainty that has surrounded this issue over recent months and will enable all councils in Shropshire to play their full part in shaping the future governance of the county."“We are proud of the way we deliver excellent and affordable services for local people but we can do even better. Bringing everything together in one effective and efficient organisation will provide the key to further improvement,”Following Government’s decision to implement the One Council proposal, elections for a new unitary council – replacing the current county, borough and district councils – will be held next May.