Published 12th February 2018
Communities secretary Sajid Javid has given the go-ahead to create two new ‘super districts’ with the councils in Suffolk.
In a written ministerial statement, Mr Javid announced the merger of Forest Heath District and St Edmundsbury Borough Councils to create West Suffolk.
Suffolk Coastal and Waveney DCs will also become a single authority, East Suffok. Mr Javid said: ‘I’m delighted to announce these locally-supported mergers that are the culmination of years of collaboration.
‘They mark the first time these powers have been used in this way and herald an exciting new era for district councils – where they decide for themselves how best to deliver high quality, cost-effective services, now and in years to come.’
The authorities will be set up in shadow form from 2018, set up under secondary legislation, before coming into force on 1 April 2019.
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