Parliament has passed the legislation required to create the two new unitary councils in Northamptonshire.

Following a series of parliamentary debates this week, the House of Commons and House of Lords have approved the Structural Changes Order (SCO) that enables the two new authorities to be established on 1 April 2021, replacing the county’s existing eight councils. You can view the SCO here: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/156/contents/made

Now that the SCO has been made, the next stage will be to set up two new shadow councils to lead the work to create the two new unitaries. Elections for these will take place countywide on Thursday 7 May, where residents will be able to vote for the councillors that sit on these new North and West shadow councils.