A proposal for change

Our proposal which has been submitted to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, is to abolish the five Councils that currently operate on a two tier basis. We believe that the best option is for three Councils across Buckinghamshire. This would create two new unitary Councils: one in the north (population: 188.7k) alongside the existing unitary of Milton Keynes (population: 261.7k) and one in the south to cover the area of the three southern district councils (population: 339.7k). Partnership working between the two northern unitaries can provide economies of scale for both councils. This proposal respects the economic geography and the communities of Buckinghamshire.

However, if there is a decision to support a one new unitary solution for the whole of Buckinghamshire the four districts believe that this should be to create two new Councils of fairly equal size which allow for appropriate economic and community based relationships. The proposal by the County Council would create two mismatched Councils (population: 528.4k and 261.7k) that cut through the middle of the economic geography.

This new opportunity for Children’s Services will deliver the “Right services for Buckinghamshire children and families at the Right time,” improving their outcomes and building both their resilience and that of their particular communities
— Andrew Fraser - former Director of Children's Services, London Borough of Enfield
 Our Proposal

Our Proposal


Options for the future of local government in Buckinghamshire

October 2016

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Executive Summary

Proposal for Modernising Local Government in Buckinghamshire

January 2017

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Modernising Local Government Report

January 2017

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