Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: No
To endorse the full local government reform
proposal for the Bay area
(Cabinet Member with Special Responsibility Councillor Lewis)
Cabinet received a report from the Chief Executive to request Cabinet’s endorsement of the full proposal for a unitary council for the Bay area. At meetings on 5 November 2020, Cabinet endorsed, and full Council authorised the submission of an outline proposal for a unitary authority for the Bay to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and the subsequent preparation of a full proposal. The report presented that full proposal for approval. If approved, the Barrow, South Lakeland and Lancaster councils would present the full proposal to Government, demonstrating how a unitary council would be an effective driver and enabler of economic, social and environmental benefits for the area’s residents, businesses and visitors, realise the strategic potential of the area and enable transformation of public services.
The options, options analysis, including risk assessment and officer preferred option, were set out in the report as follows:
Councillor Lewis proposed, seconded by Councillor Parr:-
“That the recommendations, as set out in the report, be approved.”
Councillors then voted:-
(1) That Cabinet approves the full proposal for a unitary council for the Bay area, as set out in Appendix 1 to the report, and recommends it to Council for their consideration and approval before submission by the Leader and Chief Executive to the Government by 9 December 2020.
(2) That the Chief Executive, in consultation with the Leader, be authorised to approve any minor amendments that may arise following consideration of the proposal by Barrow Borough and South Lakeland District Councils, prior to submission.
Officer responsible for effecting the decision:
Reasons for making the decision:
Exploring the case for reform has taken account of the benefits a change to local government could deliver and relates to all services delivered by the council as well as the outcomes for our communities. In addition, a new unitary council would have access to additional resources and a greater degree of influence over sub regional and national policy. Developing the case for reorganisation and reform has required consideration of the benefits a change to local government could deliver for economic prosperity and resilience within Morecambe Bay and the opportunities to improve and maximise the wellbeing of residents and positively reduce inequalities. This accords with the Council’s priorities of working across boundaries to deliver economic prosperity, strong and involved communities, community wealth, health and well-being, social value and tackling the climate emergency.
Report author: Anne Marie Harrison
Publication date: 09/12/2020
Date of decision: 08/12/2020
Decided at meeting: 08/12/2020 - Cabinet