The Government has invited a small number of local government areas across England to come up with proposals for new ways of supporting local communities, known as local government reorganisation (LGR). This would replace the existing tiers of County and District councils with a single tier (or level) of local government.

The Government has announced plans to introduce these new councils across England. The whole of Cumbria is in the first wave of these. In response, Barrow, Lancaster and South Lakeland have submitted proposals for a new local authority, known as The Bay. 

We believe the Bay area is unique, with shared opportunities and challenges, and would be better served by a more local authority. The alternatives include a single council for the whole of Cumbria, proposed by Cumbria County Council. For Lancaster, Lancashire County Council has proposed merging with Ribble Valley, Wyre, Fylde and Blackpool.

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* 1. Cumbria County Council have proposed a single council for the whole county. In Lancashire, the County Council proposed Lancaster would merge with Blackpool, Fylde, Wyre and Ribble Valley.

To what extent do you agree with the statement:

"a new local authority that covers Barrow, Lancaster and South Lakeland would be preferable to one based further afield e.g. in Carlisle (Cumbria County Council) or covering a bigger geography (Lancashire County Council)".

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* 2. Cumbria and Lancashire County Councils are currently responsible for some services in our area, including education, transport and social care. Under our proposals, these services would be delivered more locally, from within the Bay area.

To what extent do you agree with the statement:

"local services should be decided and delivered close to where people live and work."

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* 3. The Bay proposal will have a strong focus on local accountability, with unitary, town and parish councillors focusing on working closely with residents and communities and prioritising local need.

To what extent do you agree with the statement:

“local people should be represented by people that are close to the community and democratically accountable to local people.”

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* 4. The Morecambe Bay local authorities, Barrow, Lancaster and South Lakeland have a shared postcode, a shared economic and social geography and shared ambitions for a sustainable local economy, with good jobs and fair pay.

To what extent do you agree with the statement:

“a new local council for the Bay will be best placed to shape a sustainable local economy for our area. ”

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* 5. The Bay is linked by its unique geography, including a number of internationally significant natural assets. The threat of climate change means we need a local commitment to tackling environmental challenges, particularly coastal erosion, protecting biodiversity and preventing flooding.

To what extent do you agree with the statement:

"our local environment is better protected by a single council focused on Barrow, Lancaster and South Lakeland".

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* 6. Please use this space to provide further feedback (optional)

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* 7. About you

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* 8. Employment status (optional)

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* 9. Age (optional)

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* 10. What is your ethnic group (optional)

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* 11. Do you consider yourself to have a disability? (optional)

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* 12. What is your gender identity? (optional)

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* 13. Data protection and GDPR

Why are Barrow Borough Council, Lancaster City Council and South Lakeland District Council are collecting your personal data and how will it be used?

Your name and email address is being collected as an essential part of the Bay Outline Proposal for a new Morecambe Bay Unitary Authority consultation. Barrow Borough Council, Lancaster City Council and South Lakeland District Council will depersonalise (anonymise) your name and email address before analysis.

For more information on how your data will be processed, please go to:

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