Future Nottinghamshire: local government reorganisation in Nottinghamshire

What are we doing?

Nottinghamshire County Council has undertaken public engagement about the structure of local government in the county, over 2,000 Nottinghamshire people had their say. Those opinions about the future of local government in Nottinghamshire will inform the ‘case for change’ that will be considered at a County Council meeting in December.

For further information about what the public engagement looked at and next steps:

The public engagement ran between Wednesday 3 October and Wednesday 31 October 2018.

The public engagement work was carried out by an impartial, independent company, Opinion Research Services, who are experienced in undertaking consultations around the restructuring of local government (including Dorset, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire) as well as other consultation and engagement exercises by fire, police and health services.

The findings from this engagement stage will be reported back to the county council in December.

The current make up of councils across Nottinghamshire

There are currently eight separate councils (excluding the City of Nottingham) across different parts of Nottinghamshire in a 'two-tier' structure, in which services are divided between the county council and seven borough or district councils.

Like all local authorities across the UK, Nottinghamshire County Council is facing increasing financial pressures on services due to reduced funding from government and increasing demand. The county council’s main source of government funding has fallen by £120m since 2013/14, at a time when demand for services – especially social care - has increased considerably. Despite the county council saving over £270m in the last few years, under different political leaderships, we still face a budget gap of £54m.

Why have we ran a public engagement exercise?

Nottinghamshire County Council believes it is time to explore the structure of local government across the county – to protect and improve service delivery, make it easier for residents to engage with their council, and ensure the councils are as efficient, effective and financially sustainable as possible while providing best value for taxpayers’ money.

The county council is considering a range of options that could develop a better system of local government for Nottinghamshire and may replace the eight councils in the two-tier system with one or more unitary councils providing all government services.

When looking at whether changes are needed, we will take account of government criteria and advice which states that any proposal for changing local government should:

  • improve local government and service delivery:
    • give greater value for money
    • achieve significant cost savings
    • provide stronger strategic and local leadership
    • deliver a more sustainable structure
    • provide better outcomes for local people.
  • be based on a credible geography (with a population substantially in excess of 300,000 but no known defined upper limit)
  • command a good deal of local support.

Next steps

Next steps
Date Actions
September to November 2018 Phase 1 engagement and case for change development
December 2018 Report to County Council on the provisional case for change and findings from engagement phase
January to March 2019 Phase 2 formal public consultation if case for change agreed by Council
May 2019 Report to County Council on final case for change and outcome of formal public consultation

Any proposal about the future of local government in Nottinghamshire would be submitted to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government for consideration and would be subject to Government approval.

A number of frequently asked questions (FAQs) are also available.

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