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Local Authorities

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the expected cost savings are from the Government’s plan to reduce the number of local authorities in Northern Ireland. (78265)

Savings from the Review of Public Administration (RPA) decisions on local government have been estimated at £54-£73 million. The final figures will depend on how the proposals are implemented.

More robust cost models will be evolved as part of the process of developing and delivering an implementation programme for the RPA as it impacts on local government. All savings achieved will be available for reallocation to front-line services in Northern Ireland.