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Local Government Reform Programme

Part of Ministerial Statement – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 5:15 pm on 20th October 2009.

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Photo of Edwin Poots Edwin Poots DUP 5:15 pm, 20th October 2009

That was not part of work in which PricewaterhouseCoopers was engaged. Obviously, the councils have been around for 36 or 37 years. Joined-up working and identifiable savings were implemented when there were three subregional bodies to deal with waste. There has been joined-up local government in building control and environmental health, although those are possibly not two of the best examples of local authorities working together. Therefore, that period has allowed those efficiencies to be demonstrated, and PricewaterhouseCoopers did not have to do a stream of work on it.

The Department is moving ahead with the 11-council model that has been proposed. We want to identify the best way to proceed under that 11-council model.