The Government has pledged to scrap the need for councils to change how they are run so they will no longer have to go through this costly and time-consuming process.
But before that can happen, Local Government Minister Grant Shapps has today written to all these councils, highlighting their freedom to take a light touch approach to the consultations, at minimal cost to council taxpayers.
Councils could choose to hold expensive talking shops – or they could use a newspaper article, press release, or their website, to get local views.
Grant Shapps said:
"The path to change is too often littered with hoops and hurdles, form filling and cost. I want us to cut out the paperwork and get on with making a difference.
"Of course it is important that local people have a say over how their council is run. But as council taxpayers they will not expect their councils to spend a fortune trying to ask for their opinions.
"That’s why I want little public money spent on this, when it can be better used on improving the local services residents rely on – especially when we’re all working to get the country out of this financial mess."
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