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Farmers urged to apply for flood recovery funding as soon as possible

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Farmers have been urged to apply for Farming Recovery Grants as soon as possible, as the April 1st deadline looms.

Farmers in Cumbria who have suffered losses as a result of flooding caused by Storm Desmond or Storm Eva are eligible to apply for support grants of up to £20,000.

Farming Minister George Eustice said:

These payments are part of a wider £200million package of government support set up to help communities affected by the devastating floods in Northern England. The grants could make a real difference to farm businesses trying to get back on their feet. So far 107 applications worth over £1.1million have been submitted to the RPA and the agency has been acting swiftly and doing a great job approving applications within 10 working days. But I want every eligible flood-affected farmer to be able to access this vital money as soon as possible to help them get back to normal.

– George Eustice


Insurers to 'work with' flood-damaged sports clubs

Chatsworth Tennis Club. Credit: ITV Border

Insurance companies say they'll work with sports clubs in Carlisle to try to provide cover after the floods.

Several clubs in Carlisle fear they may not be able to get any flood insurance in the future.

Carlisle Rugby and Squash clubs, and Chatsworth Tennis Club, were all badly flooded in December 2015, having previously been flooded ten years earlier.

Insurers are acutely aware that sports clubs need insurance to continue to survive and will work with them to, wherever possible, ensure that they can continue to offer not just flooding insurance but flooding insurance at premiums that their customers can actually afford."

– Malcolm Tarling, Association of British Insurers

Junior doctors striking in Cumbria

Junior doctors are striking. Credit: PA

Junior Doctors in the region will be on strike today as part of a national dispute about changes in their contract.

Cumbria NHS bosses say they have plans in place to make sure patients aren't put at risk.

Dr David Rogers, Medical Director for NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group and lead for the North Cumbria System Resilience Group, said:

Our first priority is patient safety and NHS organisations in Cumbria have tried and tested contingency plans in place. We would urge everyone to ensure they use the right service for their needs.

– Dr David Rogers

They're also urging people to think carefully before going to hospital, and to use the NHS website, the 111 phone number or visit a pharmacist instead.

The amount of Junior Doctors who work in Cumbrian services are as follows:

  • 99 Royal Lancaster Infirmary (UHMBT)
  • 51 Furness General Hospital (UHMBT)
  • 20 Cumbria Partnership Foundation Trust (CPFT)
  • 9 West Cumberland Hospital (NCUHT)
  • 92 Cumberland Infirmary Carlisle (NCUHT)

These figures are not necessarily the amount of Junior Doctors who are on strike, but industrial action was voted for by a considerable majority.

Funding available for Scottish Borders community projects

Almost £3 million is up for grabs. Credit: PA

Nearly three million pounds of funding is now available to community projects in the Scottish Borders, and those aimed at improving the local economy.

The last phase of the Leader Funding Programme helped Selkirk Pop Up Shops, and Councillor Stuart Bell says it helps inspire businesses to be creative:

They're very often start up projects, so quite often what we're seeing is projects that are a new initiative, a new idea which is looking for start up funding in order to be in a position to explore the project and explore the idea and to develop it through to sustainability.

– Councillor Stuart Bell


Replacement bus service running on Northern Rail both ways between Carlisle and Appleby

There's a replacement bus service running on Northern Rail both ways between Carlisle and Appleby due to emergency engineering works at Langwathby.

The line is currently closed in both directions until the end of service.

Engineering works are taking place due to an earlier landslip

Passengers are being told that trains between Leeds and Carlisle will start and terminate at Appleby

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