The expensive farce of Newcastle's council ward boundaries review

January 29, 2016 9:49 AM
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A review of Newcastle's political landscape has been branded a "complete farce" by opposition councillors, reports the Evening Chronicle

The Boundary Commission has been accused of making a U-turn over proposals to slash the number of councillors and redraw ward boundaries across the city.

The commission had previously suggested that the number of councillors could be cut by a quarter and the number of wards reduced by six- saving Newcastle City Council an estimated £200,000 a year.

However yesterday the commission came out in support of the ruling Labour group and stated that the number of councillors should remain at 78 across 26 wards.