Statutory duties

Last Updated: 31 October 2022

The law requires us to provide some services.

We decide the amount of resources given to these depending on the level of need or risk they present.

Some of these statutory responsibilities include:

  • organising local and national elections
  • local plans and development management (outside the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks)
  • building control
  • housing policy and homelessness prevention
  • housing benefits
  • environmental health
  • Council Tax and Non-Domestic Rates collection
  • waste collection and recycling
  • street cleansing
  • food safety and water sampling
  • health, safety and licensing

We keep a balance between essential services and the other services communities want.

Discretionary services currently provided include:

  • managing some car parks
  • promoting economic development
  • culture and events
  • providing some recreation and leisure facilities
  • providing some grants to voluntary organisations
  • maintaining some parks and gardens

Many local services are provided by Cumbria County Council. These include:

  • adult social care and children's services
  • education
  • emergency planning
  • transport and most highways
  • flood risk
  • community safety partnership
  • consumer protection
  • fire and rescue service
  • libraries