House of Lords questions Exeter unitary proposals
THE proposal to create a unitary council in Exeter has been criticised by the House of Lords. A report published today (Thursday) by the House of Lords Merits Committee raises questions about the way last month s long-awaited decision by the Government s
THE proposal to create a unitary council in Exeter has been criticised by the House of Lords.
A report published today (Thursday) by the House of Lords Merits Committee raises questions about the way last month's long-awaited decision by the Government's Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) was reached.
It notes that the proposals do not conform to the DCLG'S own criteria and that the committee remained unclear about how unitary status is expected to solve the problems identified.
The Committee also said that the DCLG had not made a clear, evidence-backed case for the proposal.
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Chairman of the Merits Committee, Lord Rosser, said: "Our report raises a number of questions about the way the DCLG has gone about formulating its proposals.
"The evidence we have received from the public illustrates concerns about a range of potential consequences. Parliament deserves better information about what effect these proposals will have, both in the cities and in the surrounding areas.
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"It is not our role to reach a view on which local government structure is the right one, and we have not done. It is our job to draw to the attention of the House any issues which it may wish to take into account when it comes to debate the specific proposals in these Orders."
Devon County Council's application for a judicial review of the Government's unitary decision will be heard in the High Court on April 26 and 27.