Unitary

Dorset’s achievement in a world transformed

07/02/2019

Andrew Flockhart shows how officers and members throughout Dorset worked together – despite a host of challenges – to be ready for the transformation on 1 April from nine councils to two unitary authorities.

Third district joins legal action against Bucks unitary plan

28/01/2019

A third council has announced it will be taking legal action against the proposed new unitary council for Buckinghamshire.

Buckinghamshire districts threaten legal action over unitary plan

21/01/2019

Two Buckinghamshire districts have written to the Government warning they could launch legal proceedings over plans to create a single county unitary.

What will 2019 bring for local government?

24/12/2018

Turbulent waters lie ahead in 2019, says Mark Whitehead, and councils will need to watch events carefully

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.

East Sussex councils consider unitary bid

12/10/2018

Two local councils have had ‘informal’ discussions about breaking away from a struggling East Sussex County Council in response to an ongoing financial crisis.

Pared-down senior management would deliver 'significant savings' in Nottinghamshire

05/09/2018

A single senior management team for a new Nottinghamshire unitary would deliver ‘significant savings’ and improve service quality, the county council’s leader has claimed.

Corby refuses to sign Northants unitary plans

31/08/2018

Corby Borough Council has refused to sign up to Northamptonshire’s proposed local government overhaul.

Christchurch refused permission to appeal reorganisation judgement

13/08/2018

Christchurch Borough Council has been refused leave to appeal the judgement about local government reorganisation.

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.

Nottinghamshire to develop formal case for unitary authority

13/07/2018

Nottinghamshire County Council has agreed to develop a formal case for a new unitary authority, saying it could save up to £30m a year.

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.

Council launches legal proceedings against Dorset reorganisation

23/05/2018

Christchurch BC has launched a legal challenge to plans for a reorganisation of local government in Dorset.

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.

Districts in Somerset hit out at ‘unrealistic’ unitary savings claim

10/05/2018

The district councils in Somerset have warned the county’s claim a single unitary authority could save up to £28m are ‘unrealistic’ and not based on sound analysis.

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.

Scrapping six Somerset councils could save up to £28m says county leader

03/05/2018

The leader of Somerset County Council has launched a public discussion over options to create unitary local authorities.

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.

Suffolk councils put merger plans on hold

06/04/2018

Two Suffolk district councils have put their merger plans on hold after the county council ordered a review into the structure of local government.

Javid calls for unitary proposals from Northamptonshire councils

27/03/2018

Councils in Northamptonshire have been invited to submit proposals for unitary structures to replace the existing 2-tier system across the county.

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.

Christchurch sets out bid to stop unitary plans

04/01/2018

Christchurch Borough Council has warned it could take legal action if the Government forces it to merge with Bournemouth and Poole councils.

Single local councils could save £2.9bn a year, says think tank

17/11/2017

Abolishing district councils and replacing them with single unitary authorities could save £2.9bn a year, a think tank has argued.

Christchurch to hold referendum on unitary council proposal

09/11/2017

A referendum on joining a new unitary authority will be held by Christchurch Borough Council, after reports the Government in 'minded' to support the proposal.

Javid announces support for local government overhaul in Dorset

08/11/2017

The secretary of state for communities and local government yesterday agreed to support plans to create two new unitary authorities in Dorset.

Councillors join committee to discuss transformation plans

12/07/2017

East Dorset councillors have voted to join a joint committee to study proposals to replace the county’s councils with two unitary authorities.

Dorset councils reaffirm commitment to unitary plans

15/06/2017

Dorset council leaders have reaffirmed their commitment to a radical local government overhaul that could save the area over £100m.

Joint cabinet ‘unanimously’ agrees to consider single council plans

01/06/2017

A special joint cabinet meeting has ‘unanimously’ agreed that plans to create a single council in West Suffolk will be considered by all councillors.

Oxfordshire councils submit controversial unitary bid to Whitehall

23/03/2017

Three Oxfordshire councils today submitted a unitary proposal despite concerns this could upset a joint working partnership between two district authorities.

Christchurch to hold referendum on Dorset’s local gov ‘overhaul’

23/03/2017

Christchurch councillors have voted in support of a referendum on plans to create two new unitary authorities in Dorset after receiving ‘mixed results’ from previous consultations.

Oxfordshire CC agrees unitary proposal

15/03/2017

Oxfordshire County Council formerly agreed yesterday to submit its unitary bid to Government in what the leader described as a ‘hugely important decision’.

Lincolnshire ‘mega-council’ poll cancelled due to ‘ludicrous’ cost

17/02/2017

A referendum on the creation of one ‘mega-council’ in Lincolnshire would cost in excess of £1m despite previous county council assurances costs would be ‘kept to a minimum’.

City council launches petition against proposals for ‘super council’

14/02/2017

Oxford City Council has launched a petition against the proposal to create a single unitary council in the county.

Oxfordshire single unitary will ‘wreak devastation’ on residents

07/02/2017

Plans to create a single unitary authority for Oxfordshire will ‘wreak devastation’ on residents, district council leader warns.

Two districts agree to creation of single unitary council in Oxfordshire

06/02/2017

Two district councils in Oxfordshire have agreed to back the county's plans for the creation of a single unitary council, potentially saving up to £100m.

Six Dorset councils back merger plan

01/02/2017

Six councils in Dorset are to ask local government minister Sajid Javid to abolish the nine existing councils in the county and replace them with two new unitary authorities.

East Dorset rejects unitary council proposals

31/01/2017

East Dorset District Council has rejected proposals to replace the county’s nine councils with two unitary councils.

Public to be polled about new unitary council in Lincolnshire

24/01/2017

A referendum is to be held on abolishing all eight councils in Lincolnshire and replacing them one unitary council.

Proposed Oxfordshire unitary authority to save county £100m

19/01/2017

A proposal to abolish six councils and create a new ‘unitary’ authority in Oxfordshire looks set to save the county £100m.

Buckinghamshire councils submit proposals for two unitary authorities

18/01/2017

Buckinghamshire councils have voted in favour of a controversial proposal for two unitary authorities in the county—despite Buckinghamshire CC opposition.

Dorset councils to review evidence for two new unitary councils

20/12/2016

The nine councils in Dorset have agreed to meet next month to discuss the reorganisation of local government, after residents voted in favour of creating two new unitary councils in the county.

Dorset residents support local government ‘shake-up’

06/12/2016

Residents in Dorset have given their ‘clear backing’ for changing local government structures.

Chorley calls for fresh look at unitaries

30/11/2016

Chorley BC has made a renewed call for ‘radical changes to the structures of local government’ in Lancashire.

Elected mayors essential for ‘local accountability’—DCLG

08/11/2016

The Government has confirmed that it will not back down over directly elected mayors despite scepticism from county leaders.

Councils could cash in on two-tier unitaries – CCN

03/11/2016

Transforming all remaining two-tier areas into county-based unitaries could save £2.9bn over five years, according to the County Councils Network (CCN).

South West districts to merge

08/09/2016

Taunton Deane and West Somerset councils are set to merge following a council meeting last night.

MP calls for overhaul of Britain’s ‘faltering local government system’

06/09/2016

A backbench Tory MP has called for the abolition of district councils ahead of a Westminster debate on England’s local authorities.

Dorset consultation ‘undemocratic’ and ‘biased’, PCC says

31/08/2016

Dorset PCC condemned the council’s consultation on local government shake-up as ‘an opportunity missed’ and called for a referendum on future changes.

Oxfordshire county and district councils release reports into reorganisation

17/08/2016

Reports from both Oxfordshire County Council and Oxfordshire district councils have been published - with both claiming they provide the best option for unitary government.

Buckinghamshire councils divided over unitary plans

22/06/2016

Four districts in Buckinghamshire have launched their own review into local governance after rejecting the county’s invitation to work together on unitary plans.

Hampshire councils fall out over 'underperforming' accusations

10/06/2016

Councils in Hampshire have exchanged heated words, following disagreements on how best to change the structure of local government in the county.

Districts scrap plans for cross-boundary unitary in Oxfordshire

20/05/2016

District councils in Oxfordshire have abandoned plans to create four unitaries that would have spilt out into neighbouring Gloucestershire and Northamptonshire.

County appoints experts to explore new models of local government

10/05/2016

Oxfordshire County Council has appointed Grant Thornton to identify what new model of local government should be established in the county.

Bucks to consider single unitary council

10/05/2016

Buckinghamshire will explore the possibility of creating a single unitary council in order to ‘streamline and simplify services for residents’.

District re-considers joining unitary study

15/04/2016

East Dorset District Council is re-considering its decision not to be involved in exploring the possibility of a unitary council for the county.

Councillor calls for debate over future of Buckinghamshire County Council

07/04/2016

A councillor has called for Buckinghamshire's local authorities to 'get round the table' and discuss a unitary future for the county.

Outgoing council chief executive says he 'longs' for the day council is scrapped

21/03/2016

'I love Buckinghamshire County Council, but long for the day when I hear it is being scrapped' - these are the outgoing words of retiring chief executive, Chris Williams.

County votes in favour of unitary council

14/03/2016

The majority of councillors at Dorset County Council have voted in favour of pushing ahead with a unitary council.

Northamptonshire debates unitary status

08/03/2016

Councils in Northamptonshire are considering moving to unitary status, after local MPs called on the county to disband its two-tier structure.

Dorset to consider changing structure of nine councils

10/12/2015

Dorset County Council will consider the case for changing the existing structure of local government next week, which could see one unitary council formed for the whole county.

Dorset councils propose new unitary authority

23/09/2015

Four councils in Dorset have put forward proposals to create a single unitary authority, saying the move would provide a more cost effective way of delivering services across the region.

County leader pushes for town hall merger

12/05/2015

The outgoing leader of North Yorkshire CC has called for his county to be merged with districts to form a unitary.

Cumbria: Unitary status must be on public's radar

02/02/2015

Cumbria CC has renewed calls for a unitary authority covering the county as it battles to make millions of pounds of savings.

County accused of wasting money on unitary bid

20/01/2015

Oxford City Council and four district councils have united to reject calls for a single unitary council in Oxfordshire, claiming the savingspossible have been ‘vastly overstated’.

Oxfordshire unitary would save £33m a year finds report

19/01/2015

single unitary council in Oxfordshire would save the county £33m a year, according to an independent report.

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