Serving Hampshire: consultation on proposals for local government reorganisation

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Hampshire County Council is asking for the views of the public on different ways that the County Council and the 11 district councils in Hampshire could change, or be reorganised

This consultation concerns the county of Hampshire: the area covered by Hampshire County Council and the 11 district councils in Hampshire. It does not cover the cities of Portsmouth and Southampton or the Isle of Wight. However, some of the options for change in Hampshire do refer to the two cities and the Island.

Hampshire County Council is asking for the views on different ways that the County Council and the 11 district councils in Hampshire could change, or be reorganised.

Why your views are important

The options for how councils in Hampshire could change or be reorganised could affect you. For example, in terms of how much council tax you pay, the influence you have over how public money is spent, what council services you receive in the future, and the way they are delivered.

Hampshire County Council would like to hear your views first, before any decisions about local government in Hampshire are taken. Your feedback will help Hampshire County Council to consider what recommendations to make to central Government and ensure that any proposals for change are informed by the preferences of Hampshire residents and stakeholders.

Please read the Serving Hampshire Consultation Information Pack: 

The information pack contains important information about the reasons for this consultation, and the case for and against the options for how Hampshire councils could be changed or reorganised in the future.

Why this consultation is necessary

Like other areas, the amount of money that councils in Hampshire receive from central Government is reducing. At the same time, Hampshire’s population is growing, which is placing more demand on council services, such as social care for children and vulnerable adults. Councils are limited in how they can respond to these challenges because many decisions about how money is spent and how services are run are taken by central Government in London, instead of local people in Hampshire. 

In this context, Hampshire County Council would like your views on several options for how councils in Hampshire could change or be reorganised in order to sustain the delivery of council services in the future, including by receiving more powers and funding from central Government.

Options being considered

This consultation considers options for the creating of one or possibly two combined authorities and the introduction of one, or possibly two, directly elected mayors for Hampshire.

The consultation also asks about options for replacing Hampshire County Council and the 11 district councils in Hampshire with one or more new unitary councils.

To examine the options for reorganising to a unitary council model, Hampshire County Council commissioned consultancy firm Deloitte to undertake an independent analysis of seven different options for reorganisation.

The findings of the consultation will be published in autumn 2016.

Telephone survey

A telephone survey will also be taking place while this consultation is open. This survey is a large piece of representative research that asks residents of Hampshire about their views and opinions on local government reorganisation. The telephone survey is being conducted by Ipsos Mori on behalf of Hampshire County Council.

You may receive a call asking you to take part in a survey. Your number will have been selected by random. Please be assured that your information will only be used for consultation purposes. Your information will not be sold on and will not be shared with others in order to sell something to you. All interviews will be in line with the Market Research Society's Code of Conduct.

This survey will be conducted in a way that ensures a wide range of individuals who represent the total population take part, that way we can be confident the results reflect the views of everyone in the county.

The Leader of Hampshire County Council invites you to have your say: