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Council Battle - Leader urges councils not to spend taxpayers cash on flashy PR

Martin Tett, leader of Bucks County Council wants them all to join together in a pledge to be professional and not spend taxpayers money on PR agencies.

Published by the Mix96 News Team at 12:11pm 12th April 2018. (Updated at 1:17pm 12th April 2018) 2-minute read.

Council Battle - Leader urges councils not to spend taxpayers cash on flashy PR

One of Bucks Council's leaders has urged other councils not to spend taxpayers money on flashy, expensive PR campaigns.

Last month Secretary of State Sajid Javid said he was minded to have just one unitary authority for Buckinghamshire - turning five councils into one.

However, because there's currently a consultation into what sort of unitary council we should have a war of words is starting.

The County Council  agree with the government and want just one council for all of Bucks, but our district councils don't agree - they want two authorities - one for the north of the county and one for the south.

Martin Tett, Leader BCC
Martin Tett, Leader BCC


Martin Tett, Bucks County Council leader, says they all have the right to fight for their opinion but wants them to join together to make this pledge:

"We all agree it needs to be a unitary council, but we have different views on the geography of that.

"What I'd like the district councils to do is to join me in pledging, first of all, that we conduct this debate in a very respectful way. 

"That it's about the evidence and the arguments in favour or against our respective options rather than it being personal or aggressive in it's tone."

He has also proposed a pledge that none of the councils spend taxpayers money on a flashy PR and marketing campaign.

"I'd like a pledge that we all commit to not using hard-pressed taxpayers money to fund public relations companies and lawyers etc

"I'm not sure that as a local council taxpayer myself I'm paying my tax to employ professional professional PR firms or lawyers, I'm paying my council tax to get my bins emptied and my roads repaired."

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