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Local government in Cumbria

Earlier this year councils in Cumbria developed proposals in response to a letter from Government inviting submissions on ‘locally-led proposals for unitary government’.

Four proposals for Cumbria were put out for consultation:

  1. Barrow, South Lakeland and Lancaster jointly submitted a proposal for two unitary councils: 'The Bay' comprising the area covered by Barrow Borough, South Lakeland District and Lancaster City Councils and ‘North Cumbria’, comprising the area covered by Allerdale Borough, Carlisle City, Copeland Borough and Eden District Councils.
  2. Allerdale and Copeland jointly submitted a proposal for two unitary councils: ‘West Cumbria’ comprising the area covered by Allerdale Borough, Carlisle City and Copeland Borough Councils and ‘East Cumbria’ comprising the area covered by Barrow Borough, Eden District and South Lakeland District Councils.
  3. Carlisle and Eden jointly submitted a proposal for two unitary councils: ‘North Cumbria’ comprising the area covered by Allerdale Borough, Carlisle City and Eden District Councils and ‘South Cumbria’ comprising the area covered by Barrow Borough, Copeland Borough and South Lakeland District Councils.
  4. Cumbria County Council submitted a proposal for a single unitary council covering the county area of Cumbria County ‘One Cumbria’.

The recent Government consultation was open to businesses, community and voluntary sector organisations and members of the public.

Government has announced that it intends to progress with the West Cumbria and East Cumbria proposal.

We look forward to working with the government to discuss the next steps.

We will also work with our council colleagues across Cumbria to ensure that the next stage of the local government reorganisation happens as smoothly as possible.

We want to reassure residents, businesses and partner organisations that we will continue to deliver our excellent services and support in the interim.

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