Reorganisation

Plans for new unitary council in Cumbria confirmed

16/06/2022

The executive for the shadow authority for Cumberland Council have confirmed the implementation plan for the new local authority.

Cumbria drops legal challenge to reorganisation

28/02/2022

Cumbria CC has decided to drop its legal challenge after losing its second High Court bid for a judicial review of local government reorganisation.

Cumbria council loses second bid to stop reorganisation

23/02/2022

Cumbria CC is ‘considering its next steps’ after losing its second High Court bid for a judicial review of the decision to create two unitary authorities.

Cumbria continues legal battle against reorganisation

26/01/2022

The county council is opposed to the Government’s decision to replace the county council and six district councils with two unitaries.

MP opposes 'undemocratic' council merger

21/12/2021

The proposed merger of two district councils has been labelled ‘undemocratic’ by a local MP.

Leaked White Paper reveals reorganisation master plan

09/12/2021

A leaked version of the Levelling Up White Paper has revealed plans to scrap two-tier local government in England.

County areas chase devo dream

17/08/2021

County areas are lining up to strike one of the first tranche of devolution deals.

Jenrick announces unitary deals

22/07/2021

North Yorkshire and Somerset County Councils have been given the go ahead to become single unitary councils, while Cumbria will be carved in two.

Commission calls for funding re-set for local government

20/07/2021

Local government needs a ‘funding floor’, set at an agreed percentage of national income, a report on the future of the sector has said.

Lincolnshire districts join forces in new partnership

18/06/2021

Three Lincolnshire district councils have announced they will form a new strategic partnership.

Navigating local government reorganisation - smoothing service integration

09/06/2021

Steve White looks at how councils can best navigate the complex issues around local government reorganisation and IT.

Controversial Somerset poll backs district plan

07/06/2021

A controversial poll on reorganisation in Somerset has come out in favour of a district-based proposal.

Devolution must focus on economy, says think-tank

06/05/2021

Devolution needs to focus on rebuilding the economy rather than local government reorganisation, a think-tank has claimed.

Tear down devolution 'barriers,' APPG urges

09/03/2021

Powers should be devolved to councils before reorganisation takes place, a new report has concluded.

Basildon and Thurrock consider merger

11/02/2021

Council leaders are drawing up a memorandum of understanding including the option of forming a South West Essex Council.

Councils propose ‘super-district’

02/02/2021

Stratford-on-Avon and Warwick DCs have revealed proposals to merge by 2024.

Combined authority expansion halted by ‘party politics’

09/11/2020

The expansion of the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) has stalled after leaders failed to reach an agreement.

Reorganisation battle lines drawn over think-tank report

20/10/2020

The bitter war of words between counties and districts over reorganisation stepped up this week as battle lines were drawn around a new think-tank report.

Three areas invited to submit unitary proposals

09/10/2020

The Government has today invited councils in three areas to submit proposals for the creation of unitary local authorities by April 2023.

DCN: Bigger local government is ‘not better or cheaper’

01/09/2020

Proposals for county unitary councils would be 122 times larger than the average council in Germany, a new report by the District Councils’ Network (DCN) warns today.

Countywide unitaries ‘could save £3bn’

27/08/2020

Replacing two-tier counties with one unitary authority could deliver almost £3bn savings over five years, according to research published by the County Councils Network (CCN) today.

Three districts table Gloucestershire devolution proposals

27/08/2020

Three of Gloucestershire’s district councils have proposed creating two unitary authorities in the county.

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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