Appendix 1







A proposition for Local Government Reform from Cumbria County Council



a single unitary authority



‘One’ new council for the people of Cumbria

Through this proposal, we formally request agreement from the Secretary of State to replace Cumbria’s existing seven councils with a single unitary authority with continuing authority status for the County Council. This will allow rapid and efficient transition to focus on transformation, delivery and provide a strong foundation for a future devolution deal.


One council that will deliver

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


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

Through one council we will remove artificial boundaries and layers of bureaucracy and place power in the hands of our communities. We will provide a single easy point of contact for partners, public and the government – removing the existing confusion for residents and customers.

The new council will build on and enhance the County’s existing six localities. An approach that successfully balances strategic leadership with real community empowerment and locally led solutions. Working closely with all of our urban and rural communities, parish councils and the third sector Cumbria has a proven track record here and it is an approach that shines out in times of real community need and crisis.

Cumbria comes from a place of strength and confidence. Only a single new council can provide the assurance, leadership and capacity needed to reshape the county’s local government offer as well as delivering what is needed to drive transformation through at pace and help Cumbria build a better future.



A proposition for Local Government Reform from Cumbria County Council

Only ‘one’ council can deliver what is needed for all


A proposition for Local Government Reform from Cumbria County Council