HIlary Carrick's piece on Conservative Home about Local Government reorganisation in Cumbria
If you have heard local community leaders in Cumbria or two other areas of the country where it is taking place use the acronym "LGR" they mean "Local government reorganisation."
Cumbria County Council and the six district councils in the county are all being abolished and replaced with two new "Unitary" councils, one covering the are currently served by Allerdale Borough Council, Carlisle City Council and Copeland Borough Council, the other covering the area currently served by Barrow-in-Furness, Eden and South Lakeland councils.
This is an opportunity to provide better service and a challenge - if it is done right it has the potential to improve services by putting in one place services which should be provided co-operatively but have been hampered by the failure of County and District level counties to work together - it shouild also save considerable sums by having fewer politicians, administrators and duplicated administration which can be redirected to front-line services.
The challenge is to make sure that it is done right, and that the enormous effort required to build the new councils - and to do it on a tight timescale - does not lead to a loss of focus on the issues important to residents of Cumbria.
Cllr Hilary Carrick, the Leader of the Conservative Group on Cumbria County Council, has a piece on Conservative Home about the process and the range of opinions about it.
You can read it here