Modernising local government

Our proposal for two new unitary councils

Our website Modernising Bucks (external link) has information about our proposals for two new unitary councils - one for the north of Bucks and one for the south of Bucks. These two new unitary councils would replace the current county council and four district councils. 

Two new unitary councils will:

  • strengthen local decision making
  • improve and protect the future of local services
  • save taxpayers’ money
  • keep our customers at the centre of everything we do
  • focus on the right economy to grow

Watch our short Powtoon film on YouTube (external website) which explains our proposal for two new unitary councils in Bucks.

See  Proposal for modernising local government in Buckinghamshire [PDF | 1.9MB], executive summary of the four district councils' submission

See Buckinghamshire district councils Modernising local government report [PDF | 5.0MB]: the four district councils’ full submission

Secretary of State announcement

On 12 March 2018, the Secretary of State announced that he is "minded to" create one new unitary council for the whole of Bucks, excluding Milton Keynes. This is by no means a final decision and we think that there is a better way of providing local services for you.

Whatever the Government decides, this will be the biggest change in local government in Bucks in over 40 years.

Have your say

We think it's really important that you give their opinion to the Government about what these changes could mean to you, your family or your business. Will a big Bucks council be best, or will a smaller, more local unitary council be even better? The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government has invited representations until 25 May 2018.

To make your voice heard, email james.brokenshire@communities.gsi.gov.uk or you can write to: The Rt. Hon. James Brokenshire MP, Secretary of State of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Fry Building. 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF

Please also copy your views to your local Bucks MP:

Steve Baker MP (Wycombe): steve.baker.mp@parliament.uk
The Rt. Hon. John Bercow MP (Buckingham): john.bercow.mp@parliament.uk
The Rt. Hon, Dame Cheryl Gillan MP (Chesham and Amersham): cheryl.gillan.mp@parliament.uk
The Rt. Hon. Dominic Grieve QC MP (Beaconsfield) :  dominic.grieve.mp@parliament.uk
The Rt. Hon. David Lidington MP (Aylesbury): david.lidington.mp@parliament.uk

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