Issue details

Local Government Reorganisation - Outline Business Case

Further to the report to Full Council in July 2020 and subsequent letter to the Secretary of State requesting invitation to submit proposals for local government reorganisation in Lancashire, a proposition has been prepared containing the initial strategic outline business case ('OBC') for change and the emerging principles that would be reflected in the future governance arrangements that would need to be developed further.


The proposal - included in at Appendix A to this report – sets out that to deliver ambitious recovery and levelling up plans, we need to transition to a unitary and Mayoral Combined Authority model.  The existing fifteen councils would be replaced with three unitary authorities: Northwest Lancashire, Central Lancashire and East (‘Pennine’) Lancashire, and a Mayoral Combined Authority for the whole of Lancashire.


This OBC has been prepared urgently in order to request an invitation that Lancashire is included within the Government's anticipated first tranche for local government reorganisation anticipated within an imminent White Paper and seeks agreement to work with Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government ('MHCLG') officials on this process with the early development of a devolution deal.


The aim would then be to develop a Full Business Case ('FBC') for the proposition with a detailed strategic, economic, commercial, financial and management case, and options appraisal, as well as carry out a comprehensive consultation with local authorities, partners, business and residents across the county to build consensus.  It is anticipated that the proposal will generate a good deal of support and the FBC would be developed in partnership with willing stakeholders.

Decision type: Non-key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Divisions affected: None;

Notice of proposed decision first published: 17/09/2020

This decision will be taken under urgency procedures.

Reason for urgency:
Given the timescales announced by the government, the significance of the issue, and the importance of Lancashire being able to be considered in Tranche 1, it is considered that it cannot wait for either the next scheduled meeting of the Full Council, nor for a meeting of the Urgency Committee to be called.

Anticipated restriction: Part I  -

Decision due: 8 Sep 2020 by Chief Executive & Director of Resources

Contact: Angie Ridgwell Email: