Government rejects calls to scrap county and district councils in Lincolnshire
The Government has rejected calls to scrap the county and district councils in Lincolnshire.
Liberal Democrats believe millions of pounds could be saved by a unitary authority system where single councils are responsible for all functions.
At present, the county council's duties include education and roads and districts – like the City of Lincoln Council – are responsible for services like parks and bins.
David Harding-Price, chairman of Lincoln, Sleaford & North Hykeham Liberal Democrats, has put the concept in writing to Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.
MP Brandon Lewis, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for local government, says in his reply that there are currently no plans to review council structures in England.
"Given the precarious state of public finances we believe that this is not the time to undertake centrally imposed, resource intensive and disruptive restructuring of local government," he wrote.
"It is just not sensible to disrupt local government from the core task of devolving and providing services in a cost efficient and effective way for the benefit of citizens – especially when a move to unitary authorities councils is bound to be controversial."