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Hilary Carrick: There's agreement that unitary local government is needed in Cumbria. But not on the form it should take

Posted On: 25 Oct 2021   |   Posted By: Conservative Home

Cllr Hilary Carrick is the Leader of the Conservative Group on Cumbria County Council.
Cumbria has been striving to achieve unitary local government status for nearly two decades. The first real opportunity came in 2006 when a White Paper on local communities aimed to initiate a rebalancing of the relationship between central and local government, and local people, by giving “more power to citizens and communities to have a bigger say in the services they receive and the places where they live”. In explaining its ambitions for the future, the document made specific reference to two-tier Cumbria as a county with a disproportionately high number of council leaders and other elected executive members for the size of its population.
The White Paper was accompanied by an invitation to councils in two-tier areas to submit bids for either unitary status or a system of “enhanced two-tier working” which would involve greater integration between the tiers. In response to both this, as well as the recent findings of an...

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