Published: 12th Oct 2020

Ministers have formally asked local authorities in Cumbria, North Yorkshire and Somerset to put forward proposals on scrapping districts and county councils in their areas. In a statement, the government said the invitations have been issued to those three areas because they are all ‘advanced in their discussions’ and the councils have all have asked for an invitation to be issued. The local authorities now have the opportunity to decide whether to develop and submit their plans with the aim of any new unitary councils being established in these areas by April 2023. ‘Councils in Cumbria, North Yorkshire and Somerset are already working on developing their locally-led unitary proposals and I am now giving them the opportunity to submit them for consideration,’ said housing secretary Robert Jenrick. ‘Where there is local support, changing the structure of local government can offer better value for money and improved services for residents. We … (To read the full article, subscribe below)