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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WALES used to have eight counties until, 19 years ago, 'Colonial Governor General' John Redwood changed the number of county councils to a ridiculously high 22 unitary authorities, giving some an anglicised 'shire' suffix.
SIR - Wales used to have eight counties until, 19 years ago, 'Colonial Governor General' John Redwood changed the number of county councils to a ridiculously high 22 unitary authorities, giving some an anglicised 'shire' suffix.
The unitary authorities in our region have had their detractors and I often hear calls for the old district councils to be reinstated, but Northumberland Unitary Authority has only existed for five years and this is about separation rather than reform.
Freedom of information requests by former Cabinet minister Hilary Benn found that bus services across shire counties and unitary authorities had seen their grants cut by an average of 23 per cent and 24 per cent respectively.
It said the four boroughs of Stockton, Middlesbrough, Langbaurgh - as Redcar and Cleveland was then called - and Hartlepool should become unitary authorities.
The new unitary authorities replaced 37 district councils and eight existing county councils.
District councils have been abolished in Northumberland and Durham and replaced by unitary authorities in both counties.
The Government's Local Government White Paper last year concluded that unitary authorities "enhance strategic leadership, neighbourhood empowerment, value for money and equity".
A referendum in 2004 saw residents voting for two unitary authorities for the county, along a rural urban split, rather than one.
Residents in Wales and Scotland as well as several English counties are already benefiting from unitary authorities.
The figures show Wales' population as three million, with 22 unitary authorities.
37% Current structure with five separate unitary authorities .