The government has suggested that devolution is coming to York and North Yorkshire, and that this will include a directly-elected mayor, but also the reorganisation of local government to a unitary model.
This will have a significant impact on our members and our branch. Most members of our branch work in local government, at North Yorkshire County Council, Selby District Council, Hambleton District Council and Richmondshire District Council. We also represent members working for town and parish councils across North Yorkshire. UNISON members who work for Harrogate Borough, Craven District, Ryedale District, Scarborough Borough and City of York councils are represented by their own branches but we are all part of UNISON.
This has the potential to be the biggest shake-up of local government in North Yorkshire since the current structure was created in 1974/5.
We know that our members in local government have been working tirelessly on the frontline of the response to the Covid-19 emergency, and that the last thing our members need is the uncertainty and upheaval of local government reorganisation. At the same time, we are pragmatic and the best way to protect the interests of our members is for us to engage with government, our MPs and our employers to try and shape the future of local government in York and North Yorkshire so it meets the needs of our members and the communities they serve.
We have created these pages to help keep our members updated on the government’s plans and the work we are doing on your behalf to influence these proposals.