Local elections cancelled due to local government 'shakeup'
Local elections in Craven and North Yorkshire have been cancelled for the second year in a row, although the elections for the North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner will still go ahead as planned on 6th May.
Yesterday, the government launched its proposals to replace two-tier government (district and county councils) with unitary local government in Cumbria, North Yorkshire and Somerset. This will be the biggest shakeup of local government in our area in half a century.
In their press release, the government says: "As a result of today's consultation launch, the district and county council elections due to be held in May this year in the 3 areas will be rescheduled to May 2022."
A short consultation period will now run for 8 weeks until Monday 19th April. During this period, residents, councils, Local Enterprise Partnerships, public service providers, businesses and voluntary organisations are invited to have their say.
The government expects any new unitary council to be fully operational from April 2023 with transitional arrangements expected to be in place from 2022, including elections in May 2022 to the shadow or continuing councils.
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