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Proposals for creating unitary authorities

Carlisle City Council, in partnership with Eden District Council, formally responded to the Government’s invitation to all Councils in Cumbria to submit proposals for creating unitary authorities in the county.

The Government is now reviewing all the proposals made by Cumbria’s local authorities. The eight week consultation started on Monday 22 February and ends on Monday 19 April 2021.

Eden, Carlisle, Allerdale and Copeland Councils all share the view that the best outcomes for the people of Cumbria would be delivered through establishing two new Unitary Authorities and a Mayoral Combined Authority.

Carlisle and Eden’s preferred option is to form two new authorities on the footprint of the existing Eden, Carlisle and Allerdale Councils in the North and Copeland, Barrow and South Lakeland Councils in the South.

The submission to the Government sets out how this proposed Unitary Authority model, along with a Cumbrian Mayoralty, will improve local government and service delivery, whilst giving greater value for money and providing stronger strategic and local leadership.

How to respond

You can view all submissions and comment online at

Alternatively, you can email your response to the questions in the consultation to [email protected]

If you are responding in email or writing, please make it clear which area and questions you are responding to.

Written responses should be sent to:

Governance Reform and Democracy
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
2 Marsham Street

When you reply it would be very useful if you confirm whether you are replying as an individual or submitting an official response on behalf of an organisation and include:

  • your name
  • are you responding as a resident or on behalf of an organisation? Please indicate as below:
    • resident living in area affected
    • resident not living in area affected
    • business
    • education
    • local government
    • police
    • fire
    • health body
    • other
  • your position in the organisation (if applicable)
  • an email address


Some key points:

  • We believe that future local government reorganisation in Cumbria should be based on two unitary councils. It would provide effective and convenient local government.
  • Our bid is the best way forward for Carlisle, Eden and Cumbria. It keeps local communities and businesses at the heart of decision making.
  • Change is necessary but needs to be the best for our local areas. Our bid provides a local voice for Cumbria, for our communities and businesses.
  • Two unitary councils for Cumbria makes sense - large enough to manage local services but compact enough to maintain close contact with local communities and businesses.

We want to:

  • Protect the investment in our areas and influence positive change.
  • Continue to provide quality local services - the things that matter to you most. Local is best - we can react quickly and provide the best possible support.
  • Provide the best building blocks for recovery and growth.
  • Protect our heritage and culture. Promoting a sense of place.
  • Retain jobs, skills and knowledge within the local economy.
  • Ensure stronger, more effective strategic leadership for business.
  • Have direct control over all the services residents and businesses use.
  • Ensure investment in local infrastructure and services.
  • Have closer control of education and children’s services, healthcare provision and transport infrastructure.
  • Make local government more accountable to the communities it serves.

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