Published: 23rd Feb 2021

The government has launched a consultation on whether or not to scrap the existing council structures in Cumbria, North Yorkshire and Somerset. Local authorities in the three counties were asked last year by ministers to submit reorganisation plans, which would involve replacing the current system of districts and county councils with a single unitary authority, for their respective areas. Since then, ministers have received a total of eight proposals – four from councils in Cumbria and two each from councils in Somerset and North Yorkshire. The consultation will run for eight weeks until 19 April. As a result of the consultation, the government has also announced that district and county council elections due to be held in May this year in the three areas will be rescheduled to May 2022. Although the elections in those areas for local police and crime commissioners, as well as elections to any town or … (To read the full article, subscribe below)