Local Government: Reorganisation

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 25th January 2010.

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Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (Yorkshire and the Humber), Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Local Government) (also in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Regional Economic Development and Co-ordination); (also in the Department for Communities and Local Government)

As indicated in the Department's discussion papers issued on 6 January 2010 seeking the views of councils in Devon, Norfolk, and Suffolk on possible transitional arrangements, were the Secretary of State to decide to implement any unitary proposal for those areas, the first elections to any new council may be in May 2010 or in May 2011.

If the Secretary of State decides to implement any unitary proposal, he will then decide the transitional arrangements for implementing the proposal, including the timing of elections, having regard to the responses received to the Department's discussion papers.

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