Reorganisation 2021-23

Local Government Reorganisation 2021

In October 2020 the UK Government conducted a consultation into local government reorganisation in three areas of England, including Cumbria.

The current local authorities were each invited to present their proposals.  This  resulted in 4 different submissions, 3 from groups of district authorities plus one from Cumbria County Council.

On 21 July 2021 the then Secretary of State for Local Government made a Statement to the House outlining the chosen solution.  In essence both Cumbria County Council and the six District Councils are to be abolished, to be replaced by two Unitary Councils: East Cumbria and West Cumbria.  East Cumbria will consist of the current district councils: Eden, South Lakeland, and Barrow.

The intention is that this new structure will be fully operational by 1 April 2023.  Transitional arrangements will include elections for these new authorities in May 2022.

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