Since April the awkwardly named Cheshire West and Chester Council came into being as a new, unitary Conservative controlled Council replacing Chester City Council, Ellesmere Port & Neston Borough Council, Vale Royal Borough Council and the western part of Cheshire County Council.
One of the arguments about switching to unitary status was whether the potential for savings in admin costs would be achieved in practice. In Cheshire West and Chester they seem to be making a determined effort. Since April 1 staffing levels have gone down by over 1,000 including a decision not to fill 320 vacancies. A further 466 staff have been granted voluntary redundancy and will leave at the end of the month.