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Bigger better for bargaining power

Feedback, Gazette – 28 January 2016.

Dave Roberts, Prospective Tees Mayoral Candidate.

So Stockton Council now joins the ranks of other of our local authorities stating they have to raise taxes and reduce services (Gazette, Jan 19) – one can understand this after the discovery of a £73m black hole.

The Teesside and Darlington collective has a population of just over 666,000, but when you drill down deeper you see how the Teesside authorities struggle in scale. Stockton aside, Middlesbrough sits 147th nationally in terms of size, Redcar & Cleveland 155th and Hartlepool is one of the smallest at 257th.

It begs the question whether councils so limited in population stand any chance of seeing real procurement benefits in terms of economies of scale and, in these times of austerity, it also leaves one questioning the logic of us having five sets of everything.

Keep local passions burning bright, I’m a Boro lad and always will be, but from a pure bureaucratic standpoint, is a single unitary authority that gives bigger bargaining power and requires far less highly paid executives to manage it, the way forward?

It does make you think.

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