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Candidates for Cumberland Council elections announced

Andrew Gilbert

Andrew Gilbert

Posted on 06 April 2022

Candidates standing in the Cumberland Council elections on May 5 have been announced. 

A full list of candidates and the wards they are standing in can be found on the website for the Shadow Authority for Cumberland Council. Candidate details can also be found on the Allerdale, Carlisle and Copeland council websites. 

In the areas currently covered by Allerdale, Carlisle and Copeland councils 46 councillors will be elected in new Cumberland wards. The ward boundaries follow those currently in place for seats on Cumbria County Council. 

These councillors will be elected for a five-year term of office, the first year on a Cumberland ‘Shadow Authority’ that will oversee the planning and preparation for the new unitary council, followed by four years on Cumberland Council, which will ‘go live’ in April 2023. 

In order to vote on 5 May, residents must be on the electoral register. The deadline to register to vote is midnight on Thursday, 14 April 2022. It takes just five minutes to apply online.

People can choose to vote in a number of ways – in person, by post or by appointing someone they trust to vote in their place, known as a proxy vote. 

The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on 19 April, and for a proxy vote the deadline is 5pm on 26 April. 

Details on how to register to vote and apply for or amend a postal or proxy vote can be found on the Shadow Authority for Cumberland Council website.

The existing county, borough and district councils will continue to operate and deliver all current services until Vesting Day for the new authority on 1 April 2023. 

On that date the Shadow Authority and its 46 councillors become the new Cumberland Council and it will take over responsibility for services. At that point the existing county, city, borough and district councils will be dissolved. 

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