Unitary councils

Local government in Northamptonshire is facing its biggest change in over 40 years.

The eight existing councils – Wellingborough, Corby, Daventry, East Northants, Kettering, Northampton, Northamptonshire County and South Northants – will be replaced with two brand new unitary councils on 1 April 2021.

Government legislation has now been passed to create a new West Northamptonshire unitary council serving the areas of Daventry District, Northampton and South Northants, and a new North Northamptonshire unitary authority serving Wellingborough, Kettering, Corby and East Northants. These two new councils will start providing services to the residents and businesses of Northamptonshire in April next year.

Why are changes being made?

The existing eight councils are working together on preparations to create the two new councils. The new unitary councils will be responsible for all public services provided to residents in their areas – currently these are split between the district and borough councils and the county council, which can seem fragmented to residents, as well as being more costly to deliver in some cases.

Joining these services up in a unitary system will provide more efficient service delivery for our residents and businesses, with considerable opportunities to develop and transform services to improve outcomes and increase value for money.

The plans also include creating a Children’s Services Trust that will act on behalf of the two new unitary councils to provide vital services for children and young people countywide.

Further information

For further information about the unitary programme and to stay up to date with developments in your area, visit the Future Northants West website (covering Daventry, Northampton and South Northants) or the Future Northants North website (covering Wellingborough, Kettering, Corby and East Northants).

On each website, you’ll find links to documents such as the Prospectus for Change: an integrated plan for Local Government Reform and Transformation in Northamptonshire, the Local Government Reform FAQs, the latest news releases and details of when the Shadow Authority meetings will take place.  


Residents are invited to participate in consultations about the two new unitary councils being designed for Northamptonshire.

A list of consultations can be found on the dedicated Consultation Hub, which also allows respondents to search by keyword, postcode or interest, as well as search for forthcoming and closed consultations.

Visit the Future Northants Consultation Hub to have your say.