New plans to share services

CALDERDALE Council could share key services with two new local authorities after Conservative leaders announced radical cost-cutting plans.

Under the proposals, Councillors Robert Light and Stephen Baines, leaders of the Kirklees and Calderdale Conservative parties, revealed that Kirklees would be “wiped from the map” and replaced by Dewsbury and Spenborough council in the north, and Greater Huddersfield in the south.

Those two councils, plus Calderdale, would then come together to share some services including adults, health and social care, transport investment, and children’s services.

They would also share a chief executive and directors.

Calderdale will slash the number of councillors to 36 and reduce the number of wards to 12.

Coun Baines said the proposals would save £2.5m a year.