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LARAC unfazed by council cull

Government plans to shake-up English councils will make little difference to recycling rates, according to the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC).

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) will launch five consultations this year that examine the way local authorities are run.

The first four will cover issues ranging from leadership to electoral cycles. If the Government is re-elected, a fifth paper due in the autumn will look at the restructuring of English councils.

This would mean that like Scotland and Wales, England would only have unitary authorities and the two-tier system of county and district councils would be abolished.

However, LARAC vice chairman Lee Marshall said: "As far as recycling is concerned, there are some good points to unitary authorities, with joint disposal and collection meaning one body is responsible for an area's waste all the

way through the disposal process.However, there's a lot of good work going on in two-tier areas and I don't see the system as a barrier to good performance."

The first two consultations will be launched next month and an ODPM spokesman said that

while it hoped to carry out all five this year, there was no fixed timetable, with all views received contributing to its ten-year strategy Local Vision.

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