Though initial proposals have been submitted to Government for the local government reorganisation in Cumbria, many local residents feel that there has been an abysmally lack of public engagement on the issue. It is expected that, once the Government has chosen their favoured model for Unitary Authority status, consultation will begin.
In early July 2020 the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government contacted all Cumbrian local authorities to discuss local government reorganisation with the intention of moving towards a ‘Unitary Authority’ arrangement. Then on the 9th October the Secretary of State again wrote to all Cumbrian authorities to formally invite proposals for local government reorganisation in Cumbria. The deadline for the submission of proposals is Wednesday 9th December 2020. The various Cumbrian authorities generated a range of options.
The latest expression of perspectives from the various local authorities are contained in 4 separate documents. Click on each of the brochures to get the full details.
Cumbria County Council
Cumbria County Council is proposing one unitary authority covering the whole of Cumbria
More information on the perspectives of the County can be found here.
Copeland Borough Council and Allerdale Borough Council
Copeland and Allerdale are proposing two unitary authorities:
Cumbria East (Eden, South Lakes and Barrow)
Cumbria West (Copeland, Allerdale and Carlisle)
There is a brief summary of their proposals to be found here.
Eden District Council and Carlisle City Council
Eden and Carlisle are proposing two unitary authorities:
Cumbria North (Eden, Carlisle and Allerdale)
Cumbria South (South Lakes, Barrow and Copeland)
The Eden District Council’s proposals were discussed at a meeting on 2 December.
South Lakeland District Council and Barrow Borough Council
South Lakeland and Barrow are proposing two unitary authorities:
‘The Bay’(South Lakes, Barrow and Lancaster City Council)
Cumbria North (Copeland, Allerdale, Carlisle and Eden)
This is the only outlined proposal that takes the ‘footprint’ of a new Unitary Authority beyond the boundaries of Cumbria.
It is expected that the government will now consider these proposals and respond at an unspecified date in 2021. When the Government comes to a view on their preferred option there will be formal consultation with local communities.