This page provides publications and background documents that relate to the progress towards unitary councils in Northamptonshire. These documents have been replied upon in developing the new Council.

Prospectus for Change – the next chapter
The new Safe and Legal Plus approach for the unitary preparations in Northamptonshire.

Prospectus for Change
An integrated plan for Local Government Reform and Transformation in Northamptonshire.

Blueprints for West Northamptonshire
This is the detailed blueprint for West Northamptonshire’s new unitary council

This glossary is intended to help explain some of the terms and acronyms used in work relating to local government reform and the creation of two new unitary councils in Northamptonshire.


Letter to Secretary of State 31/08/18
Proposal for Local Government Reform in Northamptonshire – letter to James Brokenshire MP – 31/8/18.

Northamptonshire Local Government Reform proposal
Submitted to government on 31/8/18.

PricewaterhouseCoopers report on Northamptonshire Local Government Reform
PwC report prepared for Northamptonshire’s local authorities in response to the Secretary of State’s invitation to submit a proposal to move to a single tier of local government.

ORS report (consultation) on Northamptonshire Local Government ReformLetter to Secretary of State 31/08/18
Northants Local Government Reform Consultation Report by Opinion Research Services


Thank you for taking part in the consultation on the design of future local government in Northants
June 2018: Northamptonshire’s eight local authorities jointly thank all the people who have taken part in the recent consultation on local government reform in the county.

Important consultation – have your say to help us design the future of local government
July 2018: Consultation on a re-structure of local government in Northamptonshire begins, with opportunities for all residents, businesses and other stakeholders in the county to have their say.

Future Northants External Engagement Strategy
The external engagement strategy sets out the principles for engagement and consultation with internal stakeholders in the Future Northants programme.

Future Northants Internal Engagement Strategy
The internal engagement strategy sets out the principles for engagement and consultation with internal stakeholders in the Future Northants programme.


Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government launches consultation on unitary proposal and announces postponement of elections
November 2018: Consultation by the Secretary of State (SoS) over plans to restructure local government in Northamptonshire which could include two unitary authorities has started.

Deloitte report into local government reform
Phase 2: Strategic options case for the future of public services

Northamptonshire councils: invitation to restructure
March 2018: Letter inviting principal councils in Northamptonshire to submit proposals for unitary structures.

Government written statement re: unitary proposal consultation and elections – item 6
Made by James Brokenshire (Secretary of State for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government) on 14 May 2019.

Sajid Javid statement
March 2018: Statement by the Communities Secretary on the independent inspection report on Northamptonshire County Council.

Max Caller report on NCC
Northamptonshire County Council Best Value Inspection: January – March 2018

Variation to the deadline date
Announcement from Paul Rowsell delaying date for invitation for proposals for a single tier of local government, from 27 July 2018 to 31 August 2018.

Minister confirms Northamptonshire unitary legislation due to be laid in the autumn
September 2019: Statement by the Minister for Local Government and Homelessness on Establishing Unitary Local Government in Northamptonshire.

Paul Rowsell letter to Chief Executives 
September 2019: Letter by Paul Rowsell to Northamptonshire Chief Executives to outline a draft structural changes order.​


Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme
Equality Impact Assessment