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A new future for local government in Cumbria

This proposal would see Cumbria’s existing seven councils replaced with one new Council allowing for rapid and efficient transition to focus on transformation, delivery and provide a strong foundation for a future devolution deal. This proposal offers a clear vision and a number of significant benefits for the people of Cumbria.

One Vision

‘One’ new council for the people of Cumbria

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  • A clear focus on the future – modernising local government for the 21st century
  • A strong, single, accountable voice
  • A firm foundation for a future devolution deal
  • Strengthened leadership to transform public services
  • Direct and simple accountability for residents
  • Stronger town and parish councils and locality working - more powers to Cumbria’s many and varied local communities over what happens in their area
  • Better connected communities – bringing together people and place - celebrating their unique sense of place, protecting their history and working with them to secure a better collective future for all
  • An ambitious plan for clean, inclusive growth and innovation – contributing locally, regionally and nationally
  • Better outcomes for all – we will build on the journey of improvement and transformation that is already well underway in Cumbria. This will create better and more joined up services, new delivery models and easier and simpler access to services for residents and customers
  • Significant savings - providing a catalyst for reinvestment in transformation and services
  • Delivering the very best value for money for Cumbria’s taxpayers

A Strong Case for
One Council

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Local Voices and Support

The University of Cumbria supports the move for Local Government Reform in Cumbria. A less complex governance structure would simplify how we work with our local government partners, to address Cumbria’s significant higher level skills needs, retain our county’s talent and to attract new talent into Cumbria.

We look forward to working with partners to shape the further development and implementation of a new model for Cumbria.

Vice Chancellor, University of Cumbria

Cumbria Third Sector Network supports a move away from the current two-tier system of local government. We believe that a unitary model is easier for the public to understand, easier for third sector organisations to engage with, offers better value for money, and provides an opportunity for greater integration of services and improved outcomes for the people of Cumbria.

Third Sector Network

Cumbria Association of Local Councils feels that local government in two-tier areas like Cumbria faces additional challenges that can sometimes make it harder to achieve the strong leadership and accountability which our communities need. The Association welcomes in principle the aim of delivering better public services through a local government reorganisation in Cumbria, which sees arrangements in place that allow communities, through their elected town and parish councils, greater influence over what happens in their areas.

Chair of Cumbria Association of Local Councils

We work in collaboration with all our partners in the best interest of the National Park, a World Heritage Site, its environment, communities, economy and visitors. Our shared vision is that the English Lake District will be an inspirational example of sustainable development in action; a place where its prosperous economy, world class visitor experiences and vibrant communities come together to sustain the spectacular landscape, its wildlife and cultural heritage. We believe that now is the time for change and that a simplified local government structure will help us to achieve this vision.

Whilst we have yet to adopt a view on which if any proposals best meets the needs of the park, we see advantage in having one Council covering the whole of the National Park. This would give us a stronger united voice for Lake District National Park.

Chairman, Lake District National Park Authority

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A Clear Case for One Cumbria

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Next Steps

The government invited outline proposals by 9 November 2020 and final proposals by 9 December. Cumbria County Council has already submitted its Proposition and Business Case for one new Council for Cumbria and will provide further supplementary information to support its proposal by the 9 December deadline.

Government will then decide whether they wish to progress any of the proposals received. If any proposal is taken forward there will be further public consultation by the Government in Spring 2021.

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