The government has confirmed that devolution is coming to York and North Yorkshire. This process has begun with the biggest change to local government in the county since 1973, as the seven district councils have been merged with the county council to become one new council; North Yorkshire Council.
This has had, and continues to have, a significant impact on our members.
What are UNISON’s priorities for members?
All UNISON local government branches came together to agree our test for deciding which option is best for our members. We agreed that our priorities on your behalf were to:
Under the ‘one council’ option, staff at the existing district councils transferred to the new North Yorkshire Council on their existing terms and conditions on 1 April 2023. The existing district and borough councils will ceased to exist from the same date.
There will now be a period of transition and harmonisation. This will happen gradually over time and UNISON is already having discussions with the new North Yorkshire Council to make sure our voice on your behalf is heard.
What happens next?
The new council will take over all services on Saturday 1 April. Staff who work for the district and borough councils will have their employment transferred to North Yorkshire Council from that date.
Over the past year we negotiated a set of terms and conditions for the new council. These will be the default terms and conditions for all new staff appointed to North Yorkshire Council, and also for staff who currently work for North Yorkshire County Council. Staff who transfer from the district and borough councils will have the option of staying on their current terms or voluntarily moving on to the new terms.
Keeping our members informed
The joint UNISON local government branches across North Yorkshire are working together and we have agreed to produce a joint newsletter, which will be sent out whenever we have something to update you with. Please contact us if you have not received a copy, as we might need to update your contact details.