Local government services in Leicestershire are currently provided by the County Council and seven district councils (Blaby, Charnwood, Harborough, Hinckley & Bosworth, Melton, North West Leicestershire, Oadby & Wigston). This is known as a two-tier structure. The County Council is responsible for 81% of local government expenditure and the district councils collectively for 19%.
Elsewhere in the country, one council is responsible for all local government services in its area. This is known as a unitary structure. Town and parish councils are present in both two-tier and unitary structures.
The County Council is starting to consider how a unitary structure in Leicestershire could work.
"The financial situation facing councils is bleak and with service demands and national funding reductions ramping up, it's clear we have to consider change. This is something we all agree on.
"Across Leicestershire, local government is facing millions of pounds of savings, meaning we simply can't go on paying for old fashioned bureaucracy and duplication. The time is right to explore options to save money and join up services - and build a council fit for the 21st century. This has to be about services for residents, not structures.
"A Cabinet report we've published shows there is a strong case for a single unitary council but also assesses a two-council option – you can read more on this website and I'd encourage you to share your ideas with us before any formal consultation."
Leader of Leicestershire County Council