Unitary Authorities

A major reconstruction of local authority boundaries created a number of Unitary Authorities in 2009. Government cuts and a drive to share services between authorities may lead to the creation of more in the future

In some areas, the roles and responsibilities of Parish & Town and/or Borough & District and County Councils have been amalgamated and made the responsibility of one local authority for that area. The areas they cover typically correspond with a Borough/District Boundary or a County Boundary, but could mirror the area covered by a multiple of former Borough/District Councils.

Competition for a seat on a Unitary Authority is likely to be higher than fighting for a seat on a Borough/District Council or a County Council Division – especially if ‘unitary status’ has been recently obtained and the way that Councilors are elected to the Authority has been changed.

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