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Secretary of State supports single West Suffolk Council plans

Wednesday 6th December, 2017

Plans to create a new single council for West Suffolk have taken another step forward after the Secretary of State announced his support for proposals.

Both Councils (Forest Heath District and St Edmundsbury Borough Council) have been at the forefront of transforming local government and in his statement the Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government, said the new council would likely continue these improvements.

The new council aims to better drive jobs, deliver services and continue investment to support local communities than the current arrangement. In addition it would generate around £800,000 in savings and efficiencies and help protect the additional £4 million of annual savings already produced by sharing services.

St Edmundsbury Borough Council Leader, Councillor John Griffiths, said: “The case for creating a new single council was compelling and once again puts us at the forefront of transforming how local government works to benefit directly the people we serve. Not only can we continue to deliver high quality services but we can better champion our area, drive the local economy, jobs and prosperity in West Suffolk while tackling the challenges facing all public services.

Forest Heath District Councillor James Waters, said: “We welcome the Secretary of State’s announcement that he is minded to implement our proposals to further drive prosperity and better support our communities.”

He added, "Staying still is not an option if we are to meet future challenges and better champion our communities, both locally and nationally, as well as continuing to deliver high quality services. This means we are not only in a better position to have a louder voice but a real opportunity to find even more effective ways to work more closely and support our local organisations and residents."