New regulations have been laid to smooth the progress of arrangements for new unitary authorities in seven areas across England.

The purpose of the regulations is to remove many of the barriers to the creation of the nine new councils. Promoting greater community involvement is one of the pledges of the new councils and the Transitional Arrangements Regulations will be key to achieving this, as they will give the new councils full control over the creation of new parish councils, which will provide a local voice in the larger unitary councils. Responsibility for issues such as the preparation of local area agreements will be transferred to the new councils and provision made around electoral arrangements.

The new regulations can be foundhere. The explanatory memorandum can be found here.