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Friday, 21 November 2014

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Copeland leader agrees to elected mayor debate

The leader of Copeland council has warned an elected mayor will not help the borough slash more than £1 million from next year’s budget.

The News & Star reported yesterday that The Time for Change group, which is campaigning to change the current structure of the council, challenged Ms Woodburn to a one-to-one debate in the run-up to the May 22 referendum.

Mrs Woodburn said that she was “disappointed” she had only heard about the proposition when the News & Star approached her.

She added that because the referendum was such an “important issue” she would be more than happy to participate in a debate.

“The £1.4m we need to save next year will still be there,” said Ms Woodburn. “Losing the chief executive may save £75,000 but his statutory duties must still be carried out, at a cost.”

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