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Delay in councillor response times due to move to unitary councils

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Published at 11:42am 15th June 2018.

Response times in dealing with problems for council electors are slowing locally because of the amount of time officers are spending preparing for local government changes next April.

The claim was made by Bridport councillor David Rickard (pictured).

He told Tuesday’s West Dorset overview and scrutiny committee: "The responses from officers to casework is taking longer. The work we do as councillors is the frontline for some people.

"We need to make sure that things don’t slip because of the workload elsewhere."

He was told by committee chairman Daryl Turner that there was little that could be done to improve the situation in the short term: "It’s going to be a difficult year," he said.

By local democracy reporter Trevor Bevins.

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