South Gloucestershire Council 'has too many councillors'

Councillor Ben Walker Ben Walker is UKIP councillor for Bradley Stoke North ward

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A South Gloucestershire councillor has suggested the authority could save money by reducing the number of elected members.

In an open letter to chief executive Amanda Deeks, Councillor Ben Walker claims reducing officers by 25% could save the council £200,000 a year.

Mr Walker, who represents Bradley Stoke North, said he believed the authority had "too many councillors".

The council said by 2014/5 it is looking to save some £43m per year.

In the financial year 2012/13 the authority spent just under £507m.

Mr Walker represents the UK Independence Party.

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