Council merger plans advance

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A PIONEERING project to share top-level management between three councils has taken another step forward.

Breckland Council and South Holland District Council are set to welcome Great Yarmouth Borough Council into their shared management structure after it was agreed at full council meetings across all three authorities.

The merger would be the first of its kind in UK local government.

The three bodies are hoping that the move will add to the £1 million year-on-year savings that have resulted from the Breckland and South Holland merger.

A period of consultation with staff will now be held before a single chief executive for all three bodies is approved and a final structure is agreed upon.

A decision will be made at full council meetings at all three authorities on May 24.

In a joint statement, leaders William Nunn, of Breckland, Steve Ames, of Great Yarmouth, and Gary Porter, of South Holland, said: “This initiative will create a strong and resilient management team and provide financial savings which will help each council continue to protect frontline services.

“This streamlined management team will reflect the entrepreneurial spirit of our councils and represents an exciting opportunity.”

If approved, the changes would see Terry Huggins appointed joint chief executive of the three councils, extending his responsibilities for Breckland and South Holland.