Sixty-nine per cent of the 45 chief executives and deputies who responded to the survey indicated the timeframe for bids had been too tight. Councils were given just seven weeks to put the requests for extra powers together, after the deadline was announced in the July Budget.
Responses were received from 45 top officers, including 31 at councils who submitted bids and 14 who did not. Just over half of officers at authorities that hit the deadline said the timescales were unreasonable but were confident they had submitted a good bid regardless.
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