Carlisle City Council’s Executive has approved the council’s proposal for Local Government Reorganisation in Cumbria.
The proposal follows a formal Government invitation for councils in Cumbria to submit locally-led proposals for unitary local government, which was received in October of this year.
Carlisle’s proposal outlines the Council’s vision for local government in the county, which includes adopting a two unitary model incorporating Eden, Carlisle and Allerdale in the North of the county and South Lakes, Barrow and Copeland in the South.
The final decision on the proposal and business case was considered at an Executive meeting on Monday 7 December.
The final proposal and businesses case will be submitted to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, The Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, by Wednesday 9 December.
Leader of Carlisle City Council Cllr John Mallinson, said: “Local government reorganisation is a golden opportunity which we need to seize.
“We believe that the North and South unitary model for Cumbria is the best option for our residents, businesses and the wider region. It would result in effective and convenient local government with a strong sense of place. It’s the best way forward for Carlisle and Cumbria.