Praise for Wiltshire Council's unitary move
By nhavergal | Thursday, November 01, 2012, 12:30
A government report has highlighted the positive move by Wiltshire Council to become a unitary authority back in 2009.
Since becoming a unitary authority the report highlighted the saving of £68 million in the council's budget between 2009 and 2013 as well as benefits to the local economy.
Jane Scott, Leader of Wiltshire Council said: " This report is recognition that our radical and forward thinking move to unitary has benefitted both residents and businesses alike."
The report was created by Lord Heseltine titled: "No Stone Unturned in Pursuit of Growth," which states: "Back office costs now only comprise 9 percent of Wiltshire Council's budget as opposed to 19 percent for its predecessor bodies. The new authority has achieved procurement savings of £36 million through increased buying power and stronger market position."
Jane Scott adds: "Lord Heseltine states that the council is also now in a much stronger position to support economic growth and improve the future prospects of residents and businesses."
Before becoming a unitary authority in 2009, Wiltshire Council had four districts: Kennet, North Wiltshire, Salisbury and West Wiltshire.
Do you think the council is now in a stronger position in the economy since becoming a unitary authority? Have your say here!