Councils propose arrangements in preparation for transition to new unitary authorities

Published Thursday, 07 March 2019

Proposals for how two new unitary authorities in Northamptonshire could be established have been decided by the current eight councils.

This work includes the development of a Structural Change Order (SCO), which is drafted by Government but includes provisions for the structure of the new authorities, for example the council’s name, the number of councillors and wards, the electoral cycle and the composition of the Shadow Executive, which will pave the way for the new unitary authorities.

The current councils have an opportunity to influence the content of the SCO and have made proposals to the Secretary of State, who will decide whether to adopt them or put different arrangements in place. 

Meanwhile, Joint Committees for the north and for the west are to be established to drive the programme of work required to set up the unitary authorities.  These are designed to enable the Shadow Executives to hit the ground running when they are created.