Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet Members have agreed to submit a proposal which, if supported by Government, would see the creation of a single new unitary council for the whole of Cumbria.
The new council would replace the existing county council and six district councils with a single authority.
Cabinet made their decision after consideration of a report which set out a range of significant benefits, including;
- Savings of £96million over five years – as a minimum
- A clear focus on the future – modernising local government for the 21st century
- A strong, single, accountable voice for the County and a firm foundation for a future devolution deal
- More powers to Cumbria’s many and varied local communities over what happens in their area – through stronger town and parish councils and building on the existing strengths of locality working
- Strengthened leadership to transform public services
- Direct and simple accountability for residents
- Better outcomes for all – we will build on the journey of improvement and transformation that is already well underway in Cumbria. This will create simpler more joined up services, new delivery models and easier access for residents and customers
- A catalyst for reinvestment in transformation and services
- The very best value for money for Cumbria’s taxpayers
The next step will be to submit this proposal to Government with a response anticipated in the Autumn.