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Unitary Councils

Question for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

UIN 61743, tabled on 19 June 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the minimum population size required is to form a unitary authority.

Answered on

29 June 2020

The Devolution White Paper to be published this Autumn will set out our transformative plans for economic recovery and renewal, and for levelling up opportunity, prosperity, and well-being across the country. These plans will include restructuring our local institutions to deliver these outcomes, establishing more mayors and more unitary councils the populations of which will depend on local circumstances but as a rule of thumb are expected to be substantially in excess of 300k-400k. Under current legislation it is open to the Secretary of State, subject to consultation and Parliamentary approval, to implement if he thinks fit any unitary proposal submitted by a council in response to an invitation which any council may request. In considering a unitary proposal the Secretary of State expects to have regard to the extent it is likely to support the delivery of the outcomes sought in the White Paper.

Answered by

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government