What is LGR?
From 1 April 2023 local government in Cumbria will change. The current six district councils and Cumbria County Council will be replaced by two new unitary authorities- Westmorland and Furness Council and Cumberland Council.
Government announced its decision to create two new unitary councils in July 2021. Since then work has been ongoing to develop and implement a transition plan.
All seven local authorities, supported by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, are collaborating on the complex operation to create the two new authorities. This entails a considerable amount of work to ensure that people in Cumbria receive the high level of service and delivery they expect and deserve.
All those involved in leading this project are committed to ensuring that local people are kept fully informed and engaged in this process as we move towards April 2023.
What does LGR mean for me?
In terms of the Cumbria Choice Allocation Policy, the process itself will not change. However, in terms of your local connection criteria, this will change from your sovereign district council to your new unitary authority. This will be reflected in the updated policy which will go live from 1st April 2023.
To find out what LGR means for you, please see below link:
What does LGR mean for me (newcouncilsforcumbria.info)
Link to LGR Website and FAQ's:
This website explains the transition programme that will move us from seven councils to two new unitary councils. It doesn't set out the priorities or operating models for the two new councils as they will be decided once the councils are elected.
This website will hold all the latest public information on that work and the next steps, so please return regularly for updates.