Definition of unitary authority in English:

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unitary authority

Pronunciation: /juːnɪtriɔːˈθɒrəti/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

(also unitary council)


(Chiefly in the UK) an administrative division of local government established in place of, or as an alternative to, a two-tier system of local councils.
Example sentences
  • If a regional assembly - which would take control of a limited number of government functions - is voted for in the autumn, the government will replace Lancashire's two-tier council system with unitary authorities.
  • The plan is to replace the two-tier system with powerful unitary authorities to deliver all council services in their area.
  • The cabinet recently agreed its response to consultations on possible elected regional assemblies which could replace county councils and operate with a system of unitary authorities at local levels.
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