unitary authority

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unitary authority

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in the United Kingdom) a district administered by a single tier of local government, esp those districts of England that became administratively independent of the county councils in 1996–98
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The only unitary area in Wales to experience a decline was Bridgend.
The town is closely followed by another unitary area in North East Wales, Flintshire, where average income is pounds 20,203, while Anglesey is the third highest in North Wales at pounds 18,666.
According to the Welsh Government, by May 2014 the project had resulted in fibre broadband covering 156,000 premises across 14 unitary areas.
The success of Halton and Warrington Borough Councils in becoming unitary councils adds further weight to the recommendation that dividing Cheshire into three unitary areas is the best option.
In general terms, what lies behind these articles is the assumption, on the one hand, that apparently unitary areas can be accounted for only if they are split into separate phenomena that individually lend themselves to simple explanations, and on the other hand that typological differences, dialectal variation, and diachronic change, as well as developmental psycholinguistics, can all fit together within an explanatory model consisting of a tightly knit set of principles and open parameters, the values of which account systematically and coherently for a wide range of seemingly disparate facts.
While the smaller city region for Swansea Bay, which covers three unitary areas, has hit the ground running, it has been more of a challenge in trying to get buy-in from all 10 local authorities in South East Wales.
In comparison eight unitary areas experienced a dip in business start-ups on the figures for 2003.