Support for
One Cumbria

We surveyed 1000 residents to ask them what they thought about changing the way local government is organised in the county and our proposal to have one new council. The majority of our residents agreed that there is a need to change how local government is organised, and of those who agree change is required 64% supported our proposal for one new council.

In addition, residents showed high levels of support for the commitments made in the One Cumbria proposal with a clear majority of 93% Cumbria residents agreeing that local services should be delivered close to where people live and work and near universal agreement of 97% that any new council needs to work closely with residents, communities and town and parish councils to respond to local priorities.

View the full survey here

Voices of 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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Letters of Support

Our proposal for One Cumbria is supported by a wide range of other organisations – you can view their letters of support below.

Download the letters of support