Find out what the new council will mean for the services you receive and when things will change.
Following the government consultation on reorganisation it was announced in July 2021 that the current county, district and borough councils would be replaced by a new single council for North Yorkshire in April 2023 with City of York Council remaining as it is.
The proposal approved by the government (pdf / 14 MB) sets out that the new council would:
- be a strong voice in the North, speaking out nationally for rural and coastal communities
- bring together the best services for residents and businesses, make them even better and save money by reducing duplication
- keep the county and nationally acclaimed services together
- unite North Yorkshire to operate at scale and sustainably, driving recovery from the pandemic
- create a revolution in localism so communities have the funding and power to take action on what matters to them most in their area
- build on the strong identity and global brand of North Yorkshire and what makes our county so great
Removing the two-tier system of local government – county and district councils – was also a condition of unlocking a devolution deal. This will see funding and greater decision-making powers over local matters passed from central government to York and North Yorkshire as part of a mayoral-led combined authority.
What will change and when
Services you receive
The new council in will officially start in April 2023. Until then, services will continue to be provided by ourselves and the seven district or borough councils.
We are already working with our colleagues from the these councils to decide how best to bring together services and we will keep you up to date as we move towards the new council coming into effect.
Council tax and other charges
The new council will decide how to introduce a fairer structure for future Council Tax, as the tax is currently set at different levels across the county.
Whatever approach the new council takes to standardise Council Tax rates, there would be implications for local residents. Currently, residents of some districts pay relatively low rates, whereas others pay comparatively high rates.
However, given the financial benefits that the new council will bring, it is believed that there is a good opportunity to use some of those savings to help cushion any increases in council tax for those in areas currently at the lower levels.
The new council will also decide how to introduce a fairer structure for services where charges apply and where there are different fees in different parts of the county.
Whatever approach the new council takes to standardise fees and charges, there would be implications for local residents and as such consultation would be undertaken to understand impacts and mitigate where that's possible.
Strengthened public services delivered at local level and in a way that local residents, groups, organisations and businesses feel is effective and value for money will be a clear focus for the new council.
Exactly which buildings provide the best way to deliver these services will be for the new council to decide. However, the model which was set out in the proposal chosen by the government was clear that a main office in each former district area will be retained.
These centres will offer face-to-face expertise and advice on a broad range of public services as well as practical meeting space to support local decision-making and democracy.
These centres will be supported by a network of 30 additional customer access sites which will offer people the opportunity to get advice and support in, or as close as possible to, where they live or work.
Spring 2022 - the government agrees the Structural Changes Order. This will include the name of the new council, the new electoral wards for councillors and how many councillors there will be.
May 2022 – elections will take place which will be run as they would normally for a county council election. The councillors elected will serve one year as county councillors for the existing North Yorkshire County Council and then will continue on for another four years as councillors for the new authority when it begins in April 2023. District and borough councillors will continue in their current capacity until April 2023.
April 2023 - the new council will come into effect.