Frequently asked questions
1. Will the outline case for change affect Nottingham City Council?
No, the outline case for change does not affect the City Council’s administrative area.
2. Is this a Nottinghamshire County Council takeover?
Absolutely not. The options set out in the outline case for change are based on replacing all eight two-tier councils and designing a new system of local government in Nottinghamshire that may result in the creation of a completely new council or councils, based around whatever boundaries are eventually agreed.
3. What do we mean by a two-tier structure?
A two-tier structure is where some local authority services are provided by the County Council and other services by the borough or district councils within the same area. Nottinghamshire currently operates on a two-tier structure.
4. What is a single-tier structure? What is a unitary authority?
A single-tier structure is where there is just one level of local government responsible for all local services in the area. A single-tier structure is known as a unitary authority. All local authorities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland operate as unitary councils, as do some 55 authorities in England, such as Cornwall, Northumberland and Wiltshire County Councils.
5. Who has written the case for change? Why have you used consultants?
The outline case for change has been written by County Council officers and has taken into consideration the views of residents and other key stakeholders, such as businesses and health partners.
An independent social research company, Opinion Research Services (ORS), was commissioned to undertake all the engagement activities to provide an independent analysis of the findings. We also commissioned an independent accountancy firm to verify the financial information in the case for change.
- Report of public and stakeholder engagement (full report) by Opinion Research Services [PDF]
- Review of local government reorganisation savings by Deloitte [PDF]
6. How were my views listened to?
An independent social research company, ORS, has analysed and presented the feedback from the engagement exercise to the County Council to inform the councillors’ consideration of the outline case for change.
ORS has extensive experience of important consultations across the public sector, including with NHS, Police and Fire and Rescue Services, as well as major local government reorganisation consultations across Dorset, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire. They are a Market Research Society Company Partner and Partner in Excellence of the Consultation Institute.
7. How much will this cost and how much will it save?
The costs and savings of the options being considered are detailed in the outline case for change which can be found here (insert link to outline case for change).
The costs of undertaking and developing the outline case for change can be found in this report to Policy Committee.
8. Does this affect the district and borough council elections in May 2019?
No. Subject to the decision of County Council on 13 December 2018, any final decision on whether to submit the final case for change to Government would be considered by the County Council in Summer 2019. This will be after the district and borough elections. All councils in Nottinghamshire will continue to provide their existing services to residents until such time as any proposed change is implemented. Decisions about the structure of local government are taken by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.
9. What will this mean for council tax?
We do not know at this stage as any changes to council tax would be decided by any new council if one was to be formed. A range of implications/options in respect of council tax have been examined in the outline case for change.
10. What happens next?
If approved at County Council on 13 December, formal public consultation will commence on 14 January 2019 and take place over 10 weeks. Feedback from the formal public consultation exercise will be carefully considered. A report on the outcome of the consultation will be taken to County Council in Summer 2019, along with a report with recommendations as to appropriate next steps.