The facts and figures behind proposed Northamptonshire unitary model
The facts and figures behind the plan to shake up local governance in Northamptonshire have been revealed.
Northamptonshire councils will submit a bid to central government for two unitary authorities, replacing the current two-tier system.
A report by PWC revealing the outline approach the reform would take has been published this afternoon.
- The authorities would be split into West (Daventry, Northampton and South Northants - total population of 401,996) and North (Kettering, Corby, Wellingborough and East Northants - total population of 343,614)
- The new model would save £12.1m a year in terms of greater value for money, fully realised from 2021/22
- The West would save £6m a year and the North would save £6.1m a year
- However, the one-off costs of the transition would be £29.9m
- £14.9m of transition costs would be incurred in the West with £15m in the North
- The total redundancy costs in creating the new model could total £5m
- £2.2m of this would be in the West with £2.8m in the North
- Relocation costs to cover additional travel have been assumed at £1.7m across the two authorities
- £0.45m has also been allocated for further public consultation
- Rebranding during the transition could also cost £0.3m
- The Secretary of State will make a decision on the way forward in November 2018
- If the submission is approved, shadow authorities could be active by April 2019
- Budgets for the new councils would be set in February 2020
- The new councils would formally be in operation by April 2020, with council elections in May 2020
- The number of councillors in the county would drop from 321 to 170
- The West would have 90 councillors and the North would have 80