York & North Yorkshire

Hambleton District Council aims to cut number of councillors

Plans to reduce the number of councillors on a North Yorkshire district council have moved forward.

Cutting the number of Hambleton District councillors from 44 to 28 could save it around £75,000 a year.

The Conservative-run council said it was addressing a change in workload and improvements in technology.

The full council is expected to approve the idea later this month though the Boundary Commission would make the final decision.

Neville Huxtable, council leader, said: "In the 13 years that I have been a councillor things have changed a great deal. The workload has reduced and technology has improved.

"We need to address these changes by reducing our numbers and while it is not about saving money there will be considerable savings as a result of shrinking to 28 - around £75,000 a year."

The savings would largely come from a reduction in the amount of expenses being claimed by councillors, he added.

The council's cabinet are recommending the full council approves the plan when it meets later this month.

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