Media statement on behalf of all Bucks Districts
12 March 2018
The following statement has been made on behalf of all District Councils regarding the future of local government in Buckinghamshire.
The Secretary of State, Sajid Javid, has announced in parliament that he is "minded" to implement Buckinghamshire County Council's proposal to replace the existing five councils in Bucks with a single county-wide unitary.
While we are extremely disappointed, the "minded to" decision is not set in stone, and as the process allows, we will be making the strongest possible representations to the Secretary of State that this decision is not the right one. We don't believe that this decision is in the best interest of our local residents, businesses, community groups, parish councils and various other stakeholders across the county and, based on our own engagement, we don't believe it has strong local support.
Our two new unitary proposal recognises key areas of difference for the communities in the north and the south, such as the economy, jobs, growth and housing markets. We believe a single large unitary will mean major opportunities will be missed in these areas and that a one size fits all model will not mean the best deal. We also question the savings the single unitary model claims to deliver.
There is now a period until 25 May 2018 during which those interested may make further representations to the Secretary of State and we will be reflecting on today's announcement carefully.
Representations can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The final decision will be subject to Parliamentary approval.
Decision further delayed
4 May 2017
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has confirmed that a decision about the unitary proposals will not be made before the general election on 8 June.
Officials at DCLG have told the four Bucks district councils that the Secretary of State will still make a decision on the two unitary submissions (from the Bucks authorities), but that there is now no timescale for this. The official line from DCLG is that a decision will be made by the new government, “as soon as is practicable”.
No decision yet on the unitary issue
10 April 2017
Back in January this year the four District Councils in Buckinghamshire submitted a proposal for two new unitary councils to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid. Contrary to published expectations there was no announcement from DCLG about a reorganisation of local government in Buckinghamshire in March. Whilst we are disappointed that the Minister has not yet announced his support for our proposals, we remain hopeful that if a decision is announced after the County Council elections, it will indicate support for the two unitary option.
Districts' two new unitary bid gets approval
17 January 2017
Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe District Council members voted overwhelmingly in favour of a proposal for two new unitary authorities in Bucks, at each of their respective council meetings last night. The proposal will now be submitted on behalf of the four Councils to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid, today.
Modernising local government in Bucks - could five become two?
10 January 2017
District councilors across Buckinghamshire will vote on Monday 16 January whether to submit the business case for two new unitary councils to Government.
Bucks district councils announce unitary authorites proposal
7 December 2016
Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe District Councils have today (Wednesday 7 December 2016) announced that they will be submitting a joint proposal to the Department for Communities and Local Government for two unitary authorities, based on a north/south split of Buckinghamshire, subject to final stakeholder engagement.
Bucks District councils' report on modernising local government is published today
11 October 2016
The district councils’ report on modernising local government in Buckinghamshire has been published today. Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe District Councils commissioned Deloitte to undertake an open and independent review to find the best option for the future of local government to serve the people of Buckinghamshire.