The Government yesterday announced an eight-week consultation into local government reorganisation in Cumbria.

The Government is consulting on all four unitary authority proposals made in December. The options are:

  • Two unitary authorities – one for West Cumbria (made up of Copeland, Allerdale and Carlisle) and one for East Cumbria (made of Eden, Barrow and South Lakeland). This proposal was submitted by Copeland Borough Council and Allerdale Borough Council.
  • Two unitary authorities – one for North Cumbria (made up of Carlisle, Eden and Allerdale) and one for South Cumbria (made up of Copeland, Barrow and South Lakeland). This proposal was submitted by Carlisle City Council and Eden District Council.
  • The ‘Bay’ model of two unitary authorities – one for the Bay area (made up of Barrow, South Lakeland and Lancaster) and one for North Cumbria (made up of Copeland, Allerdale, Carlisle and Eden). This proposal was submitted by Barrow Borough Council and South Lakeland District Council.
  • One unitary authority for the whole of Cumbria. This proposal was submitted by Cumbria County Council.

For the full announcement by Robert Jenrick MP, the Secretary of State for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, click here.

For full details and to respond to the consultation, click here. It ends on April 19.

For further details on Copeland Council’s submission, click here.