Minister confirms unitary legislation due to be laid this autumn

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The Minister for Local Government has written to the leaders of Northamptonshire councils confirming that the legislation necessary to establish two new unitary councils in the county will be in Parliament as soon as practicable this autumn.

He also confirmed that the legislation would provide for elections to the new shadow authorities being held in May 2020.

At a meeting with leaders of Northamptonshire councils this week, civil servants from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) explained the process for this legislation, including that they would expect such legislation to take around 8 weeks to go through the Parliamentary stages. 

Northamptonshire councils remain in regular contact with MHCLG as this work progresses.

Download the Minister's letter here

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