Cumbria considers council merger

2 January 2019

Cumbria County Council’s cabinet has agreed to open talks with the Government about merging with the six district councils. Cllr Bill Wearing, who chairs the county council’s scrutiny management board, welcomed the talks, saying the move to a unitary council could create “greater financial efficiencies” and “streamlined services” for residents. County council leader Stewart Young said there was “overwhelming support” for “some sort” of unitary restructure.

However, Barrow BC leader, David Pidduck, has warned that a new unitary authority for Cumbria “may not benefit” every area, saying: “It doesn’t happen overnight, it could drag out for ages, it could present more costs than people realise and you have got to get it right”.

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