A new unitary council for Buckinghamshire
From 1 April 2020, a single new Buckinghamshire Council will replace:
- Aylesbury Vale District Council
- Buckinghamshire County Council
- Chiltern District Council
- South Bucks District Council
- Wycombe District Council
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Latest update - February 2019
County Council Leader, Martin Tett updates residents on plans for the new unitary council:
The Shadow Authority
As part of the process to create the new unitary council, a Shadow Executive of 17 county and district elected members will be formed to oversee the move to the new Buckinghamshire Council.
The county council have announced their nominees and deputies for the Shadow Authority.
Background to the new unitary council for Buckinghamshire
On 1 November 2018 the Secretary of State for Housing Communities and Local Government announced a single unitary authority for Buckinghamshire.
Read the Secretary of State’s full statement.
In response, Martin Tett, Leader of Buckinghamshire County Council said:
"This is a truly historic day for Buckinghamshire. The announcement paves the way for a brand new council, fit for the future, created by combining the best of both county and district councils. This new council will be simpler, better value and more local to our residents. It will also have more clout to face head-on the great strategic challenges facing the county over the coming decades."
You can read the council's response to the announcement.
The business case for a single unitary council
Read the Executive Summary for an overview of the full Business Case.
Read the Modernising Local Government Business Case which explores the benefits of a new model of local government for Buckinghamshire, looking at all options for modernising local government.
Read the Strategic Options Appraisal: Reorganising Local Government in Buckinghamshire which provides an estimate of financial costs and savings and considers the non-financial benefits and limitations of each option. This report was developed by the County Council and has been validated by an independent third party.
View a plain text version of the Modernising Local Government Business Case which is also suitable for printing (please be warned the document contains 117 pages)
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