District Councils' responses to County Council's unitary proposals
In July 2018 Leicestershire County Council announced proposals to abolish the existing county council and seven district councils to create a single “new model” and that this council will consult its residents on the best way of delivering local services when details of the proposals were made public. The County Council’s outline proposals were published in a report on 5 October 2018 and puts forward their preferred case for a single unitary council but also assesses the dividing up of Leicestershire into two unitary councils The full report can be viewed at: www.leicestershire.gov.uk/news/unitary-report-sets-out-case-for-change.
The leaders of all seven district councils (including Oadby & Wigtson Borough Council) agreed a number of joint statements over the last few months in response to the County Council’s announcement, these can be seen below:
District leaders pledge to continue to work together: 5 October 2018
The leaders of all seven district councils have today unanimously agreed to continue working together to review the current model of local government in Leicestershire.
The leaders of Blaby, Charnwood, Melton, Oadby and Wigston, North West Leicestershire, Harborough and Hinckley and Bosworth councils, said in a joint statement: “The district councils are continuing to work together to look at future service delivery in Leicestershire to ensure it is lean, effective and in touch with residents.
“Any potential changes need to be based on a thorough assessment of all options and backed by evidence and communities.
“The district councils will ensure residents, partners and stakeholders are involved in the conversation and fully consulted. The needs of our residents will be put first.”
District leaders call for collaboration over local government reorganisation: 3 September 2018
District Council leaders are calling on Leicestershire County Council to work with them to fully investigate options for the future of local government organisation in the county.
The leaders have written to the county council this week and urged it to consider dropping its recently announced proposal to investigate creating a single unitary authority for Leicestershire.
They have called for an urgent meeting of the leaders of the district, city and county councils to discuss a more collaborative approach.
The letter has been sent by leaders of Blaby, Charnwood, Harborough, Hinckley and Bosworth, Melton, North West Leicestershire and Oadby and Wigston councils.
Unitary Authority – joint statement by Council Leaders: 27 July 2018
Update on behalf of the District and Borough Council Leaders of Leicestershire.
The District and Borough Council Leaders of Leicestershire have agreed to work together to review the current model of local government for Leicestershire.
We as Council Leaders wish to adopt a collaborative approach to examine what may be the best way of delivering local services for residents in the County, and in the wider context of the East Midlands region.
This new collaborative approach will examine what is both cost effective in how services may be delivered and how best to retain their link with local residents. Such models may mean stronger District Councils working within a combined authority or having multiple unitary authorities or whether the current structure is still the best way of delivering local services.
We have a number of reservations as to the model proposed by the County Council not least the rushed timetable and it being too remote for local residents. However, we recognise that it may be premature to rule it out at this early stage.
Accordingly the Council Leaders have pledged to work together to find the right solution for the residents of Leicestershire and look forward to engaging with our elected partners, stakeholders and residents to deliver the best in local government for Leicestershire and the East Midlands region.
We would invite the County Council and others to join us in this approach, as collectively, we have the expertise to determine the best solution for our residents.
Last updated: Friday, 12 October 2018 10:25 am