Local Government Reorganisation

The government has launched a consultation about how local council services in North Yorkshire should be delivered in the future.

In December the government received two proposals which outlined how a unitary council for North Yorkshire could look:

  • Six of the seven districts within North Yorkshire, proposed two unitary councils (East and West) - the East comprising Ryedale, Scarborough, Selby districts and the current unitary of York, and the West comprising Craven, Hambleton, Harrogate and Richmondshire districts. 
  • North Yorkshire County Council proposed a single unitary on the footprint of the existing administrative county, to operate alongside the existing unitary City of York Council. 

As part of the consultation the government is seeking views on both options and would welcome views from any interested parties including residents.

The consultation will run for eight weeks to Monday 19 April.

Once the consultation is concluded, the government will decide, subject to parliamentary approval, which, if any, proposals are to be implemented, with or without modification.

In taking this decision the government will take account all the representations they receive, including those from the consultation, and all other relevant information available.

The government’s aim will be to reach a balanced judgement assessing the proposals against the following three criteria:

  • Whether they are likely to improve local government and service delivery across the area of the proposal.
  • Whether they command a good deal of local support as assessed in the round across the whole area of the proposal.
  • Whether the area of any new unitary council is a credible geography.

A link to the consultation can be found here:

Local Government Reorganisation Consultation

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