Decision details

RULE 15 Government invitation to Somerset to submit locally led proposals for unitary local government

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


On 9th October 2020, the Government announced that councils in Cumbria, North Yorkshire and Somerset were invited to submit locally led proposals for unitary local government in its response to requests from these areas.


The Councils in these three areas now have the opportunity to develop and submit their proposals for how they want to restructure local government to establish unitary local government.


RESOLVED (unanimously) that the Cabinet agreed to:


1)  Consider this report and recommend to Council that it does not submit a proposal for local government reorganisation in Somerset, and


2)  Indicate its intention to continue to act as a separate local unitary authority council (Bath & North  East Somerset Council) but continue to co-operate with all public sector partners (including neighbouring councils) to offer the best services it can to its local residents and visitors.


Reasons for the decision:

As per report.

Alternative options considered:

As per report.

Urgent item?: Yes

Report author: David Trethewey

Publication date: 05/11/2020

Date of decision: 05/11/2020

Decided at meeting: 05/11/2020 - Cabinet

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