In April 2021 all eight current local authorities will be replaced with two new unitary councils. One serving the North of the County and one the West of the County.
Update on unitary legislation
The Northamptonshire Structural Changes Order 2019 (SCO) – which sets out how the two new unitary authorities will be formed to replace the existing eight councils on 1 April 2021 – was laid before Parliament.
The draft Order was not ‘made’ into legislation before the dissolution of Parliament on Wednesday 6 November 2019, which introduces an element of uncertainty to the path ahead.
Before Parliament was dissolved, the Order was considered by the House of Lords Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee and it has now been noted as an ‘instrument of interest’. It will now lay dormant until after the General Election, when it will then be considered by the new Government. Work on the Future Northants programme will continue at the same pace working to the go-live date of 1 April 2021.