Reorganisation

Ministers to receive Somerset unitary business case

31/07/2020

A business case for a single Somerset unitary has been sent to communities secretary Robert Jenrick and local government minister Simon Clarke.

Reorganisation will deter potential councillors, report warns

24/07/2020

Local government unitary reorganisation will slash the number of councillors and deter many from standing for election, a report for the District Councils’ Network (DCN) has warned.

Race for reorganisation gathers pace in Surrey and Somerset

10/07/2020

The race towards reorganisation is gaining pace more plans emerging in Somerset and Surrey.

Javid urges reorganisation and devolution post-COVID

23/06/2020

Council tax reform and local government reorganisation should both play a part in the post COVID economic recovery, former communities secretary Sajid Javid has said.

Reorganisation fears overshadow devolution talks

10/03/2020

Concerns over local government reorganisation are marring devolution talks in the north-west.

Borough seeking unitary status sparks spending row

03/02/2020

A row over council spending has broken out between a county council and a borough authority that is seeking unitary status.

Kettering to create town council

20/01/2020

A new town council is to be created as part of local government reorganisation in Northamptonshire.

Northamptonshire unitaries to save £86m

09/01/2020

Local government reorganisation in Northamptonshire will cost just over £40m, according to the early official estimates.

Reorganisation in Somerset would 'cut waste and save money'

08/01/2020

A single, unitary authority for Somerset would deliver a predicted saving of £35-£47m, according to new research.

Northants reorganisation stalled amid election

08/11/2019

Plans to reorganise cash-strapped Northamptonshire County Council have stalled amid the general election.

Call for leader to quit after 'repeated failures'

05/06/2019

Shadow local government secretary Andrew Gwynne has called for Northamptonshire CC leader, Matt Golby, to quit after ‘repeated failures’ in the council’s children’s services.

Delay to Northamptonshire reorganisation welcomed

14/05/2019

Council leaders have welcomed the year-long delay to plans to create two new unitaries in Northamptonshire.

Oxfordshire councils to extend joint working arrangements

16/04/2019

Two councils are considering extending their working partnership in a move they hope will trigger a ‘broader conversation’ on local government organisation.

Corby calls for delay on Northants reorganisation

08/01/2019

Corby BC has called for the creation of new unitary authorities to be pushed back, claiming there is not enough time to reorganise Northamptonshire’s public services.

2018 - the year things began to change

21/12/2018

Geed up by a spirit of entrepreneurialism, councils up and down the land were busy exploring new ways to respond to their communities in 2018.

Nottinghamshire CC abandons reorganisation plan

12/12/2018

Nottinghamshire County Council has decided to drop its reorganisation plans, which the leadership had hoped would save the authority millions each year.

Nottinghamshire considers unitary authority plans to save £27m per year

06/12/2018

Nottinghamshire councillors will decide next week whether they wish to hold a consultation on plans to create a unitary authority to deliver savings.

Single unitary council for Bucks gets the go-ahead

01/11/2018

Buckinghamshire’s five councils are to be scrapped in favour of a single county-wide unitary, communities secretary James Brokenshire has announced.

Dorset council merger could cost extra £400,000

10/10/2018

Setting up one of two new unitary councils in Dorset could cost at least £400,000, councillors have been warned.

Two unitary plan for Northants

17/08/2018

Two unitary councils could be created in Northamptonshire under proposals unveiled.

Christchurch agrees not to appeal Dorset reorganisation

14/08/2018

Christchurch Borough Council has agreed not to continue its legal fight against local government reorganisation in Dorset.

Christchurch reorganisation challenge defeated

07/08/2018

Christchurch BC may launch an appeal after a High Court judge today refused its challenge to local government reorganisation plans.

Council’s legal challenge to Dorset reorganisation to proceed to High Court

22/06/2018

Christchurch Borough Council has been given permission to take its case against local government reorganisation in Dorset to the High Court.

Scrap all districts says Heseltine

05/06/2018

District councils should be scrapped and 60 unitary counties created instead across England led by directly-elected mayors according to former Cabinet minister Lord Heseltine

Welsh reorganisation consultation deadline approaches

29/05/2018

The Welsh Government today urged people to contribute to the debate over the green paper, which aims to create larger councils that it says would be stronger.

Parliament passes Dorset reorganisation plans

29/05/2018

Dorset council leaders have welcomed Parliament’s decision to create two new unitary councils in the South Western county.

Northampton unitary plan falls

15/05/2018

The tight timeframe for reorganising local government across Northamptonshire claimed its first victim this week despite ministers’ decision to extend the consultation period.

Brokenshire announces Northamptonshire commissioners

09/05/2018

New local government secretary James Brokenshire has today announced the two commissioners appointed to help rescue troubled Northamptonshire CC.

Bucks residents back two unitaries

19/04/2018

Two out of three Buckinghamshire residents support a two-unitary option for the county, according to a newly-published telephone survey.

Javid plans intervention into crisis-hit Northants

27/03/2018

Local government secretary Sajid Javid has bowed to the inevitable and outlined plans for commissioners to run Northamptonshire CC amid concerns over the county’s sustainability.

Welsh Government in new push for larger councils

20/03/2018

Local government in Wales is facing a radical overhaul, with ministers consulting on plans to create ‘larger, stronger councils’.

Javid backs single unitary council in Buckinghamshire

12/03/2018

Local government secretary Sajid Javid has backed a single unitary council for Buckinghamshire.

Javid gives ‘green light’ to Dorset reorganisation

27/02/2018

Sajid Javid yesterday gave the green light for Dorset to go ahead with its ‘historic’ plans to create two unitary councils.

Super councils get the go-ahead

09/02/2018

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has given the go-ahead to create two new ‘super districts’ with the councils in Suffolk. 

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