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To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 18 December, 2018, copy attached as an appendix.
That the Minutes of 18 December, 2018, be approved as a correct record.
Councillor Mrs Macpherson
Leader of the Council
To consider the attached report.
Contact Officer: Andrew Grant, Chief Executive
There were three pieces of legislation required at this stage of the Parliamentary process and which would give effect to the decision of the Secretary of State set out in the written ministerial statement of 1 November, 2018:-
(a) The Changes to the Year of Election Order which in essence delayed the District and Parish elections for a year. The Returning Officers of the District Councils had requested that this Order should be made to save the expense and administration of these elections. This Order had been laid in December and would come into effect on 18 January.
(b) The Modification Order made under the Cities and Local Government Devolution Act, 2016 which would modify the legislation which provided for the Structural Change Order to be made. This meant that the Secretary of State could make that that Order without the need to comply with all the usual requirements including to issue an invitation for a submission and to proceed without carrying out public consultation. The Modification Order could be made before 31 March, 2019 if one local authority consented. After that date it would require the consent of all five councils. The Cabinet report invited Members to consider whether to give that consent.
(c) The Structural Changes Order set out the arrangements for the transition. The content of this Order had been subject to informal consultation with the five local authorities and the Secretary of State had made the decisions necessary to determine the content of the Order to be laid, where agreement could not be reached between the authorities.
Following the ministerial statement on 1 November, 2018, discussions had taken place between the leaders of the four district councils, the Leader of the county council, the Chief Executives of all five local authorities and representatives from the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) about the content of the Structural Changes Order.
As a result of those discussions and having considered representations, the Secretary of State had reached decisions about the detail of the draft Buckinghamshire (Structural Changes) Order 2019 (SCO). On 3 January 2019, the decision as to the content of these Orders had been communicated to the Leaders and Chief Executives, but subject to an embargo. The following was a summary of the decisions made by the Secretary of State on the draft Orders:-