The Government has approved plans to replace Northamptonshire County Council and seven other district and borough councils, and set up two unitary authorities to replace them. The merger, however, has been pushed back, and is now scheduled to be completed on 1st April 2021, a year later than originally planned.
“Shadow authorities” will be set up in 2020 following local elections in May, with a new children’s trust also to be set up to deliver services on behalf of the new authorities.
The eight council leaders said in a joint statement that the announcement “gives us more time to plan carefully and confidently for the future to ensure that we create two sustainable unitary councils.”
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