On 1 November 2018 the Secretary of State for Housing Communities and Local Government announced a single unitary authority for Buckinghamshire.
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.”
What does the decision on the new unitary council mean?
All five councils in Buckinghamshire will be replaced with a single brand new unitary council for Buckinghamshire.
What happens next?
There is a Government parliamentary process to make this change to the current system of local government official (this is called a structural order). This will give more details of what the new council will look like and the timetable for change. This will take a few months for Government to complete.
In the meantime, we will begin working with the district councils to develop plans for the new council, bringing together the best skills and expertise from the current councils to create the best new council for our county.
What is the benefit of this change?
One new council for Buckinghamshire will be:
- Simpler – residents, businesses and local communities will be able to access all council services from one place
- Better value – services will be more joined-up
- Closer to local communities through community hubs and community boards involving local people and councillors in influencing local decisions
Will my services change?
There will be no immediate changes to services. This is about bringing all the existing services together into one new council. All county council and district council services will continue as they are now. We will keep residents informed of any future changes as we progress the development work over the next few months.